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This article might shed some light on what's going on:
Florida has paid out just 4% of unemployment applications since COVID-19 outbreak
Firstly, they are enormously backlogged for applications. They are understaffed and the system they have for processing unemployment applications is just simply not up to the task of handling the large amount of applications right now. Here are some exerts from the article:
Management Services Secretary Jonathan Satter said there are more than 850,000 applications "in the queue."
That means only 4% of Floridians who’ve filed for unemployment since the coronavirus outbreak began crippling the economy have been paid.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday almost 181,300 Floridians filed for jobless claims, raising the total number of Floridians seeking unemployment benefits over the past three weeks to more than 520,000 workers. The state later said the number of claims has reached 800,000, which still does not include applications that have yet to be processed.
Satter said Thursday the state is still working through all the paper applications that have been submitted.
Officials with the DEO said the agency will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to help with processing claims. CONNECT will be unavailable from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. daily.
So the site is only going to be available half the day everyday as it stands. That will bottleneck all traffic from 8am to 8pm. And with almost a million applications in queue and them only having serviced about 4% of applicants, they are just simply completely overwhelmed.
It sounds like you finally actually got an application sent in? Even though you didn't get a confirmation of any kind, is that right?
It's not what you want to hear for sure, but for the next few weeks you'll just have to be patient and stay diligent, continuing to apply or follow up as you have been trying to do so far. Eventually you will get approved and paid. Its just very unclear when that will be.
The good news is you should get retroactive payments, so you won't be penalized for all this wait time, ultimately. But there isn't any viable workaround to what you are already doing unfortunately right now. Sounds like you are doing everything right. Its just that the system isn't designed for hundreds of thousands to be using it all at once like this. Hopefully their nightly maintenance makes this better and soon.