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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 3400 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Apr 2015 - Jun 2015 to Jan 2016 - Mar 2016

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 1-800-204-2418. Choose the language and then option 2. The telephone center is open to process claims Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. You may also file by mail. Claim booklets are available at the One Stop Career Centers throughout Florida. A list of the One Stop Career Centers may be found at http://www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/index.htm. Computers are also available at the One Stop Career Centers so that you can file your claim using the Internet.

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Florida (FL)
    Phone Number: 1-800-204-2418. Choose the language and then option 2. The telephone center is open to process claims Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. You may also file by mail. Claim booklets are available at the One Stop Career Centers throughout Florida. A list of the One Stop Career Centers may be found at http://www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/index.htm. Computers are also available at the One Stop Career Centers so that you can file your claim using the Internet.
    File Online: http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/reemployment-assistance-center/file-a-claim
    Major Towns: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Cape Coral and Port St. Lucie

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Florida

    Florida Unemployment Questions

    Can my claim be backdated to when I became unemployed?
    The Florida Unemployment Compensation Law requires that the effective date of your claim must be the Sunday prior to the date you file your claim. Your claim cannot be retroactively backdated to the date of job separation which began the period of your unemployment.



    I am working part-time. How do I report my earnings?
    A claim week for unemployment compensation starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Earnings must be reported in the week earned, even if you have not been paid. You must report your total gross earnings before deductions. Part-time earnings, over $52, will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount. Earnings less than $52 will have no effect on your weekly benefit amount. If your gross earnings for a claim week are equal to or greater than your weekly benefit amount, no unemployment compensation benefits will be paid to you for that week. You do not lose the benefits, the benefits are just not paid for that week. The benefits remain as available credits.



    How do I file a claim against Florida if I am currently residing in another state?
    If you are currently residing in another state but had employment in Florida during the base period, you may file your claim using the Internet or telephone

    Am I eligible for benefits if I was discharged, voluntarily quit, am self-employed, am a school employee between terms, am not able and available for work, received severance pay or wages in lieu of notice, am receiving retirement income etc.?

    While we cannot advise you concerning eligibility prior to a claim being filed, please note that if you worked for a school, unemployment benefits may be denied between terms and during school breaks or when on vacation.

    Determinations concerning eligibility for benefits can only be made after a claim is filed, as we are required to obtain the facts from you and the employer concerning these and other eligibility issues.



    Monetary Eligibility

    A Wage Transcript and Determination form will be mailed to you about a week after filing your claim. It will tell you if you worked and earned enough wages to qualify for benefits and if you did, what your weekly and maximum benefit amounts are. A monetarily eligible claim does not necessarily mean that you are eligible to receive benefits (see Non-monetary Eligibility, below).

    Non-monetary Eligibility

    If your claim is monetarily eligible and you claim weeks, your claim will be reviewed to determine if you or a former employer have raised any issues that might keep you from getting paid. If there are issues, they will be investigated and one or more determinations will be sent to you to tell you if you will actually receive your benefits. This determination is normally issued about six weeks from the date you filed your claim. You must be eligible on all issues in order to get paid.

    Below is a general description of the issues which can affect your claim:
    • You were discharged (fired), you quit, or you are on a suspension or leave of absence from your last employer or other recent employers.
    • You are a school employee and you are not working because you are between terms or on a vacation or holiday.
    • You are unable or unavailable to work or to accept work or you are not looking for work or you have failed to report five contacts with prospective employers for work during a claim week.
    • You are currently attending school or training. You are currently self-employed.
    • You are receiving payments of some kind from a recent employer. You refused a suitable job offer or you refused a referral from the One-Stop Career Center to a suitable job.
    • You failed to participate in Reemployment Services scheduled at the One-Stop Career Center.
    • You failed to complete the initial skills review on the Internet.


    Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while working part-time and how will it affect my claim/benefits?
    If your gross earnings for a claim week are equal to or greater than your weekly benefit amount, no unemployment compensation benefits will be paid to you for that week. You do not lose the benefits - the benefits are just not paid for that week. The benefits remain as available credits. You must also continue seeking fulltime employment, unless all of your work during the base period of your claim was part-time work.

    I was in the military and I have been discharged from active duty. Where do I file my claim?
    If you are filing your first claim since leaving the military, your claim must be filed with the state in which you are physically located at the time you file your claim. You do not have to be living in that state permanently to file a claim against that state. If this is not your first claim since leaving the military, file your claim with the state in which you are currently living and if you need to file with another state you will be advised to do so.

    When does my claim start or become effective?
    For uniformity claims, applications for new claims are established to begin the Sunday that begins the week in which you file your claim. This ensures you will be able to receive credit for the week. If you had a prior claim which ended during that week, or you are filing during a week in which a new calendar quarter begins and your claim needs to be effective on the first day of the new calendar quarter, the effective date of your claim may be on a day other than Sunday.



Questions & Answers

  1. Diane M Drake says:

    Hello: I have been trying to complete the application for unemployment benefits, however the system repeatedly stops working and I have to restart the process each time. Why is this happening?

  2. Julia Carbullido says:

    Who would one file a claim with if they were terminated from job and then the employer is refusing to pay the EE monies owed to them. The EE is owed monies for compensatory time earned.

    • Martin says:

      If the employer owes you money and is refusing to offer the same, I suggest that you get in touch with the Labor Department in your state for laws pertaining to this situation.

  3. Jose says:

    If my company decide to give me Plant Closing Benefits due to the facility I m working in decide to shot down after 15 year with company and they decide to give me my Special Early Retirement(Company sponsored early pension) due to my age 57 going on 58 instead of a severance package. Will I still be able to qualify for unemployment benefits ?

    • Martin says:

      Yes, you can be eligible to claim and receive Unemployment Compensation after the expiry of Severance Package as long as you continue looking for employment opportunities.

      Please consider applying.

  4. Kitty says:

    I have worked at a fast food restaurant for 8 years. In the same location they want me to work at another location in the same town. Dwhich I do not want to work at but they tell me I have no choice. If I quit am I elegabll for unemployed benefits i?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  5. Michaele says:

    I was laid off in march of this year. I claimed unemployment benefits, but it said in July that I have exhausted my funds. I was told that I can only get 12 weeks of benefits, but I see above that it says it’s payable for 19 weeks in Florida. Is that true and do I need to reapply as I am still unemployed and still looking for a job.

    • Martin says:

      Well, it’s up to 26 weeks of regular UI benefits one can draw in all states. However, what you’re approved for depends on how much you qualify for.

      For further questions, please contact the Claims Center by phone.

  6. Alane Enyart says:

    I worked as a temp for the last nine months. The job has ended. Can I collect unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Temporary jobs are not generally not eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation.

      Please check further with your employer and apply accordingly.

  7. Lori says:

    Good morning! I was laid off from my job of 8 years and I am going to be given 8 weeks of severence to be paid out in one lump sum. If I am unable to find a job, when can I make a claim for re-employment benefits?
    Thank you!

    • Martin says:

      Yes, you can be eligible since you’re receiving the Severance Pay as a lump sum.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm and apply accordingly.

  8. George says:

    My wife was transferred to Florida from Virginia.i had leave my job after 17 years I’m I entitled to benefits?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  9. Linda says:

    When my job is eliminated, I will have to more out of my county in Florida to another county. Am I eligible for unemployment if my address changes? Does age affect your eligibility? I am 69 years old.

    • Martin says:

      You can qualify for benefits as long as the job loss is involuntary. With regard to your question on the age cap, I am guessing it should be the legal retirement age in your state.

      Please confirm by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

  10. virgil says:

    I quit my job in Ohio to move to Florida to take care of my sick grandma n mother I put my two weeks in etc I was wondering do I file for unemployment in Ohio or Florida because I been down here since may n applying for jobs left n right but no one willing to hire me the company I work for in Ohio was falling apart really and they kept changing administrator left n right it was hetic

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  11. Margaret says:

    Can a Canadian citizen with working papers in the states collect unemployment when layed off?

    • Martin says:

      Yes, foreign nationals can be eligible on satisfying the eligibility conditions.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  12. Brian says:

    I used up my 12 weeks of unemployment over a month ago and can’t seem to get a hold of anyone to get file for a extention. Been working for 30 years now. Was let go due to the company downsizing and then selling it off. Where do you go to file for a extention claim?? I tried to email Gov. Rick Scott still no reply. I also noticed that Florida is the only state to give 12 weeks while most of the rest of the states are 26 weeks.

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Degreed, Veteran, Bilingual, W/countless Certification since Feb. w/o un employment and the State of Florida has not done anything but to try to place me with illegals, uneducated and criminal co-workers. Gov. Scott responded but no-one is accountable at the State or Local branches. The PPN Prog was a defuncted Haldane Program that went belly up and now I see they are promoting MBE companies for their profit -do not fall for that program because it comes out of YOUR pocket. If you live in Florida – WELCOME THIS WILL NOT CHANGE !!

  13. william young says:

    I was laid off 7/1/16 due to lack of work. I am and have always been a Florida resident but my employer was in Louisiana but my worked performed was in the Gulf of Mexico being that I am a off shore worker. My question is do I file for my UI in Florida. If not , where. Thanks, W. Young

    • Martin says:

      Please apply from the state where your employer is based.

      You may want to call the HR department and confirm before taking a call in this regard.

  14. Gina says:

    I have recently issed quite a few day at work due to child sickness. Pnemonia 2x and i an now pregnat. I missed some timw at work after auto accident with excused days from hospital was advised or write up for attendance. I have been tardy and absent since. My co works treat me differently i feel very left out and disliked. I am ignored a lot more now than before it is very discriminating and hurtdul. I was called in to mamagement and repremanded for facebook photos recently saying they violate hippa guidelines when there is no such evidence in 2 photos taken. I feel this was a personal attack or retaliation for missing time at work.
    I am afraid i will be fired for this time missed time but i feel uncomfortable and treated u fairly and have been co siderinf quitting. Please advise.

    • Martin says:

      Please explore the labor laws in your state. The situation is tricky.

      If you quit, you may not be able to draw UI benefits since you’re pregnant. Speak to the Unemployment Office for further instructions in this regard.

  15. Alma says:

    Been working part time for a roofing company since August 2015. I was recently let go because owner of business wanted his girlfriend to have my job am I eligible to file for unemployment in state of Florida?

    • Martin says:

      Part time employment does not generally qualify.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  16. White says:

    Is forced resignation considered voluntary?

    • Martin says:

      Depends on the circumstances. If the reason is performance or behavior, it may not work in the favor.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  17. White says:

    There was an incident that occured years ago and i was recently asked about it again. They said that they felt they wanted to question my integrity. Although i dod nothing wrong.i simply resigned so that i didnt have to put it on my resume. D

    • Martin says:

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please speak the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  18. Barbara says:

    My son worked for a major retail store for 13 years and they are eliminating jobs, his was one of them. They paid him compensation for each year of service but it has stopped. Can he now collect unemployment since he is actively looking for work?

  19. Rosemary Pond says:

    My job was eliminated and I was given 12 weeks severance, paying bi-weekly, will last until second Friday in September. Do I apply for unemployment now or wait until the severance payments end and apply then? Florida is the state.

  20. White says:

    I was forced to resign. It was either resign or be terminated. However, I couldn’t have a termination following me around on my job history. Is that something that would qualify?

    • Martin says:

      If the “reason” for being terminated is anything other than voluntary such as performance, you will be eligible for UI benefits.

  21. Jacqueline says:

    Hello how are you?

    Well worked for my boss for 2yrs & 7 months at a restaurant as a prep. He love to yell at crew so he yell at me and i dont like to be mistreated after all the hard work i did to success. So i said i QUIT BUT according to all my co-worker…my boss SAID he fIRED me. So if that’s the case…will i be eligible for unemployment compensation?

    • Martin says:

      Hello,

      I am doing good. Thank you for asking.

      Yes, you can be eligible to receive UI benefits for hostile working conditions. Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  22. deb says:

    I worked a seasonal employee for 18 weeks and there was not enough business to get hired on full or regular part-time. Am I eligible for benefits in Florida? I am posted for transfer to other stores,yet there are no part-time of full-time positions in my area of expertise. Thank you.

    • Martin says:

      Seasonal employees are generally not eligible due to the nature of work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information in this regard.

  23. Shannon says:

    I was fired may 14 from a company I was employed at for 4 1/2 years..i think they are contesting my unemployment because the u connect website says pending adjudication. How long does the employer and unemployment have to come to a determination.??

    • Martin says:

      Ideally, it should not take more than about 10 days.

      Please call the claims center for precise update on the reason for adjudication and the turn around time.

  24. TAMMY says:

    I HAVE MANY MEDICAL ISSUES MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO PERFORM MY DAILY TASKS IN MY EMPLOYMENT, I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH AN ATTORNEY WHICH SAYS I HAVE A REALLY GOOD CHANCE OF BEING ACCEPTED FOR SSD, BUT I CAN NOT WORK DURING THE PROCESS OF BEING ACCEPTED, MY QUESTION IS WILL I BE ABLE TO COLLECT BENEFITS WHILE ON LOA, IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PAY MY BILLS. TRYING TO GET THRU TO UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE IS LIKE PULLING TEETH DUE TO HIGH CALL VOLUMES

    • Martin says:

      Well, Unemployment Benefits are extended to those who’re able and available for work.

      Health issues are generally not accepted.

  25. Ian says:

    Hey, quick question.I lost my job at a fast food restaurant in May, and recently found another job, but didn’t file for unemployment at the time; can I apply for retroactive compensation?

  26. David says:

    I have a workers compensation court case going to trial. I sustained a back injury but am able to still work. The employer gives only 10 hours per week as a way of forcing me to quit my job. I am not getting any workers compensation checks. Am I able to apply for unemployment since my income is drastically reduced from the usual 20-28 hours per week I used to get? My lawyer’s office won’t reply to my info requests.

    • Martin says:

      You can be eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation for reduction in the standard hours.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office and apply accordingly.

  27. Lavendar says:

    If I work over 30 hrs per week while attending school full time and am laid off would I qualify for benefits!

    • Martin says:

      Full time schooling can stop you from qualifying.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  28. Debby says:

    Work as a teacher but position was eliminated. Am I eligible for unemployment.

  29. Susan Johnson says:

    My company is being absorbed by another, we are being put on a 90 day probationary status. If for some reason the new management does not like me can I file unemployment benefits against my old employer.

    • Martin says:

      Well, access to UI benefits is provided on the basis of involuntary separation.

      If you’re unable to secure the position due to performance issues, you will not qualify.

  30. Darian Arnold says:

    I was working as a meat cutter and have discovered I have a torn rotator cuff (not job related)and cannot perform my job due to severe pain so I have been off for 3 weeks due to medical so far. Am I eligible for benefits if I quit my job?

    • Martin says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are not considered. You may not qualify for UI benefits.

  31. Robert says:

    I worked 7 months in Maryland last year and 5 months in Fla and all this year till a week ago in Fla. where do I file?

  32. Rhonda says:

    My sister was fired from her job and has been allowed to take 12 weeks only of unemployment from the state of Florida. She has been looking for a job since that time but unable to find one. Is there any way she can file for extended benefits from anywhere?
    Am I reading that there are federal benefits available to her. If so how does she apply?

    • Martin says:

      As far as we’re aware,there is no federal extension available.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  33. barry says:

    I was working as a sub contractor, but listed as a sole proprietor for my business. I was laid off my contractor position due to loss of work from my client. Am i eligible for UNemployment to compensate for my loss of income? THis was my only client I had and I am now without work..

    • Martin says:

      Contract employees are generally not eligible to claim UI.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  34. walter raul garcia says:

    I wanted to know for my new job because I’m unemployed at this time, then I wanted to work full time again. Thank you.

  35. walter raul garcia says:

    Everything is wonderful at this time.

  36. Will says:

    I lost my job as a pizza delivery driver because my car needed more repairs to function than I could afford. Due to the car not being drivable without the repairs done, I lost the job. Could I file for unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Voluntary reasons are generally not considered.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  37. Gabriel says:

    I am currently employed for a company but after 2 years of working with them they started letting me days off work without payment and previous notice for different periods of time. This started by letting me off for 2 days, then for 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and now for 1 month. I need to sustain my family and with this variable rate of income it has became a hardship. I would like to know if I am eligible to apply for unemployment and how do I apply. Thanks

    • Martin says:

      You can be eligible for partial unemployment benefits for loss in standard hours.

      Please check further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  38. Denise says:

    I started a job in October 2015 as a lunch lady. As you know we are laid off during the summer. Will I be eligible? I will actively looking for a night job when my husband is home. But in case I’m unable to find a job I will need the money for bills and groceries. I haven’t worked for years prior to this job because my husband had a great paying job. But he lost it and makes minimum wage now so I had to step up and work. And this is basically only job that will not conflict with my kids. Because it really wouldn’t be worth working if I had to pay daycare. Did I work long enough to be eligible in June when I’m laid off?

    • Martin says:

      Seasonal jobs do not qualify due to scheduled time off from work. If you quit voluntarily from the current job in search of better paying jobs, you will not be eligible.

  39. CYNTHIA says:

    IF WE LET AN EMPLOYEE GO AFTER 3 WRITE UPS, ON 3 DIFFERENT ISSUES….CAN THEY STILL COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT? LOCATED IN TAMPA, FL.

    WHAT ARE THE RULES AS AN EMPLOYER?

    • Martin says:

      If its a performance issue and not a situation such as lay off, he/she cannot collect. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for information on specific rules.

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