Florida unemployment claims spike

Florida had 67,558 intial claims for unemployment last week, up tenfold from the 6,463 in the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

Nationally, there were 2.89 million claims, up more than tenfold from more than 251,416 the previous week.

States that report big increases amid the pandemic tend to have a lot of employment in accommodations and food service, the Labor Department said, which coincides with key employment categories in Florida. Health care, social assistance, the arts, entertainment, recreation, transportation, warehousing and manufacturing were other hard hit sectors.

The biggest layoff in South Florida, according to the state WARN notice website, is 684 jobs at Global Miami Joint Venture, which operates concessions at Miami International Airport.

One site of heartbreaking layoffs is at Punch Bowl Social, a bowling and entertainment venue in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood that just opened February 29, in Wynwood. It closed on March 16.

Here are the largest South Florida mass layoff notices recently listed in descending order:

  • Global Miami Joint Venture, Miami, 684
  • Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, 257
  • Punch Bowl Miami Wynwood, 194
  • La Carretta restaurants, multiple locations and filings, 174
  • OSM Aviation, Fort Lauderdale, 160
  • Toll Brothers, Parkland, 153
  • Claims Management LLC, Windhaven Select LLC and Windhaven Underwriters, Miami, 125
  • Interactive Response Technologies, Miramar, 123
  • Waterstone Resort & Marina, Boca Raton, 111
  • Avante Assisted Living Facilities, Lauderhill, 104
  • Cafe Boulud, Palm Beach, 99 workers
  • BLT Prime, Doral, 98
  • Cova Inc., Miami, 89
  • Gold Coast Linen Service, West Palm Beach, 87
  • Casa Juancho RE Holdings, Miami, 80
  • Airport Concessions Group, Miami, 74
  • V&M Enterprises, Miami, 55
  • Avante Assisted Living Facility, Hollywood, 53
  • HCFS Health Care Services, Sunrise, 17







Kevin Gale
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