APOPKA, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Friday afternoon at an apartment complex in Central Florida, where he announced that the state has approved $75 million from the money it received from the CARES Act to go to counties to provide rental and mortgage assistance to those in need.
The governor said a total of $250 million has already been approved to help with affordable housing throughout the state.
During the press briefing, the governor also praised Florida’s unemployment rate, which dropped to 10.4% in June from the previous month’s 13.7%, although he acknowledged that there are still many people who are struggling to find work.
The drop reflects the reopening of the state’s theme parks, restaurants, bars and other tourism-related businesses after weeks of coronavirus-related lockdowns.
But economists said Friday that the state’s economic future remains clouded by recent spikes in Florida’s COVID-19 caseload.
That is evidenced by this week’s showing that jobless claims almost doubled last week from the previous week.
Additionally, a host of large hotels have said that they are turning temporary furloughs from March into permanent layoffs at the end of July.
Year-over-year, the hospitality industry has lost more than 1 in 5 jobs in Florida.