unemployment_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Governor Charlie Crist has signed an executive order that lets some unemployed Floridians receive benefits under a federal program.

Friday's order follows President Barack Obama earlier in the day signing a law that extends eligibility dates for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs by about 13 months. The new law provides an extension of full federal funding for benefits through January 7, 2012.

Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo says eligible Floridians will be notified by mail, and payments will begin next week. People who believe they are eligible can check the agency's website at www.floridajobs.org starting next Wednesday.

AWI estimates the executive order will benefit about 250,000 unemployed Floridians.