According to the Department of Labor, from 2017-2020, Florida had over a 10% rate of inaccurate payments.
Thousands of Floridians who collected unemployment during the pandemic have now received overpayment notices, and the state is asking for the billions it accidentally distributed back.
“That was the money I was using to feed my kids. That money relied on everything household wise,” Silvania said. “Making sure I can live tomorrow really matters to me, so this was a big thing for me when this happened.”
Although federal unemployment benefits ended last month, some people are still getting notices of overpayment. Silvania received a notice and said it puts an added amount of stress on her daily life.
“I was just served a notice saying I owe unemployment money for overpayment and I’m like huh?”
She has not received an unemployment check since May.
Some unemployment checks might be held due to overpayment issues, officials ask that you check your mail to see if you received a notice.