LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A new state law is requiring unemployed Floridians to go on-line to document their job searches every week. Many do not have internet access, so they are flooding the Southwest Florida Works office to use computers there.
"We have to remind people we are the employment office, not unemployment," said Barb Hartman, spokesperson for SW Fla. Works. "But we do have the computers for people to get on-line and fill out their job searches. Some have had to wait in line, but we have just added more computers. The wait is fairly minor now."
Some people had complained, they waited 40 minutes to get on a computer at the state agency office in Ft. Myers.
"I don't like it one bit. I wish I could do it the old way, by calling in my job searches. It takes away from finding a job, because I have to come here, use gas doing that, and then take time filling out the form," complained Kevin Padilla of Ft. Myers.
The law requires job-seekers to list five contacts per week, with address and phone number of the company, and the person contacted.
They're also noticing the extra demand for on-line access at the Ft. Myers Library.
"I know we have longer wait times and we have to have our staff answer questions about filling out the form," said Julie Pierce of the library.