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What you need to know for Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

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Where does the state stand with unemployment? 💰

It’s not good news for Floridians still struggling with claims being backdated or payments put on hold.

Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity is requesting $5 million in funding from state lawmakers to hire 108 additional employees. It’s a move a spokesperson said will help the agency handle increasingly complicated unemployment claims and issues.

The request is part of a larger initiative that includes more money to overhaul the state’s problematic unemployment website.

However, it’ll be months before the DEO’s request can even be considered because Florida’s next legislative session doesn’t begin until March 2.

RELATED: Florida unemployment agency requests millions for fixes, but possible action is months away

New COVID-19 study brings hope 😷

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country, a new study is giving the scientific community -- and some COVID-19 survivors optimism.

In labs just outside the heart of San Diego, scientists set out to answer one question: How long does the immuno-response last?

One-hundred and eighty-seven people who recovered from the COVID-19 became the center of a study from a group at La Jolla Institute for Immunology. The goal was to see if immunity will last six to eight months.

The new study says memory cells, the cells that will perk up and make antibodies to fight the virus, last anywhere from eight months to several years. It isn't peer-reviewed yet, but the scientific world is still optimistic.

RELATED: How long will you be protected? New data shows COVID-19 immunity could last years

Calling all foodies and beer drinkers! 🍻

America's oldest brewery is changing with the times. 

In a year or two, Yuengling hopes its Tampa campus becomes a destination for beer drinkers and foodies alike.

The company broke ground Tuesday on a revitalization project at its current location at 11111 N. 30th Street, getting set to make way for a brand new brewing system, a restaurant, outdoor beer garden and more. It's scheduled to open in early 2022. 

RELATED: Yuengling to bring dining, beer garden to its Tampa brewery