Recent changes to the state’s unemployment compensation system will impose new requirements on people seeking benefits, which will in turn lead to fewer benefit payments by the state.

The Ocala-Start Banner offers a look at what these changes mean for people who are out of work:

Melanie Sellers didn’t receive her $198 unemployment compensation payment last week.

Sellers, who lost her job as a scanner technician at the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in the spring after a 20-year career, was denied a week of her jobless benefits because she could not show she had tried to contact at least five potential employers during the qualification period.

Sellers, a 37-year-old mother of two boys, is one of thousands of unemployed Floridians who are feeling the tightening grip of a new state law that makes it more difficult for workers to get financial help if they lose their jobs.

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