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Unemployment system changes looming for claimants, employers

Among the components of the ongoing "fiscal cliff" negotiations in Washington are the federal emergency unemployment benefits, which are set to expire on Dec. 29 for 2 million Americans -- including nearly 119,000 Floridians.

The Department of Economic Opportunity began sending out letters this month alerting those on extended benefits that if Congress can’t reach a deal that includes the extension of emergency benefits, they will stop receiving weekly claims.

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