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.

You May Also Like

National Education Association announces plan to increase teacher quality

The National Education Association, which represents 3 million teachers and education support professionals across the U.S., announced new initiatives on Thursday to increase the quality of teacher candidates, make sure that teachers remain at the top of their game throughout their careers, and to improve student learning by helping educators become leaders in their schools.