Businesses already hurting from the pandemic will take another hit next year. The tax they pay tied to the unemployment system is going up.

“It’s been a tough year already with coronavirus, but we have to do we have to do,” said Chris Blauvelt, the owner of The Standard restaurant in downtown Fort Myers.

Blauvelt says it’s another hurdle he’s willing to jump.

“We have to pay our taxes, and we have to support our community,” Blauvelt said. “That’s all part of it.”

Florida Department of Revenue calculates, next year, businesses will need to pay more toward unemployment insurance, partly because of how many people collected unemployment this year.

In 2020, a business paying the minimum reemployment tax rate paid $7 per employee over the

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