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Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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


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 Jan 2015 - Mar 2015 to Oct 2015 - Dec 2015


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How did you lose your job?

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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?


Were you fired for no fault of your own?


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. Nicholas D. Hoffas says:

    I got laid off in Nov of 2015. I did not even think of filing for unemployment until a couple of days ago when someone asked me if I had. I went in and filed today, Apr 5, 2016. If I am approved, will I get paid for the weeks hence? And what if I get a job tomorrow? Are those benefits lost to me?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be paid retrospectively. If you get a job, you will stop receiving benefits for the subsequent weeks.

  2. robert says:

    can i collect florida unemployment due to the fact i went from full time work 40 hrs a week with benefits to part time work 28 hrs a week with no benefits

  3. D.N. says:

    I’m in Florida. My employer was worried about my heavy breathing and suspected me of falling asleep suddenly at times. They immediately stopped me from using the agency vehicles and ordered me to see my doctor. After seeing my doctor and a pulmonary specialist, it was identified that I have sleep apnea. The specialist wanted to know the cause of the sleep apnea and ordered a sleep study, but before then requested that I get the machine to address the issue. This was explained to my employer and my employer simply asked to keep them informed. Fast forward, an issue arises with my insurance hinders me from acquiring the machine, which I then inform my employer of. We agree that in the meantime that they will move my computer from the credenza to the desk. A couple of weeks go by nothing has happened. Then my employer meets with me and says that they are in no longer need of my service. I ask why and they say because I have been documented to coming in after 9am frequently (which I disputed). My employer then gives me a choice to resign. I request two weeks if I resign and my employer says that is not an option, that either way today is my last day with the agency. I provide them a separation letter and leave. They tell everybody I resign, but leave a message on my phone stating I will be fired if don’t bring back the mutual separation agreement contract, which I didn’t because I don’t agree on the terms in the paper.

    Have I been fired? And am I eligible for unemployment?

  4. Mary says:

    I was a full-time (40 hours) employee up until I went on maternity leave with a verbal agreement that when I returned I would be working 32 hours per week instead. When I returned from leave I was told that my hours would be cut further, to 24 hours per week. Am I eligible to file for unemployment until my hours are restored? If so, how many hours would I be requesting compensation for?

  5. Teh says:

    My husband lost his job in August 2015. I didn’t know how to apply unemployment to Florida State. Am I still apply for August 2015?

  6. Jennifer says:

    My husband works for accompany that used to give him 18-24 hours a week. In the past month they have cut him down to 6 hours a week or less, some weeks no hours at all. Should he apply for unemployment?

  7. rick says:

    left a personal msg on facebook to another co worker.got fired for that.wasnt nice but in know way threating

    • Martin says:

      If you were laid off due to lame and unacceptable reasons, please file for UI until you find a job.

      Be sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  8. Sylvia says:

    I worked for a small business for 1yr and 8months, employer was putting lots of pressure putting extra load of work instead of letting go people that were not doing their work he would want me and other from my dept do all the work. Also for last month was not paying on time or the right amount of hrs. Gave him my two weeks noticed, but because my letter was very specific of why i was leaving he told me to go. would i be eligible for the benfits.

  9. Pauline says:

    I was injured with a rotator cup injury and my Doctor try everything before resorting to surgery. However he had to give me the surgery. Now company left me go because of the length of time I was going to be out of work which was not to much of a financial burden because I was paying for long term disability insurance on my own. However I have since used up my 13 months and I am not certain if I am elgible for unemployment. Now I was not Fired, I did not Quite, nor did I leave my job my job willingly. Finally, I am seeking employment but I have no prospects at nor possibilities. So am I elgible for unemployment?

  10. Randy Carlton Herring says:

    Was terminated for not doing job, but was doing my job as best as I knew.

    • Martin says:

      If you terminated wrongfully, please consider filing.

      If your employer raises a dispute, provide supporting documentation.

  11. paul says:

    worked for a company 3 years,, paid both cash and pay check more cash than check.. fired for rumors what should I do??

    • Martin says:

      If you were on the permanent rolls of your employer and they paid the relevant taxes on your behalf, you can apply for UI benefits.

  12. Bobbi Segal says:

    I just applied online, but I am not sure what is going on. I filled out some information and then I had to go to a charge card and then for a credit score (which I already know but made me sign up) and then when I went to proceed it was just a blank white page. Am I enrolled or what. Thanks

    • Martin says:

      Please call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for further details on enrollment.

      We do not have access to the systems.

  13. jason says:

    Worked on salary for 6 months at 500wk. Let go due to company downsizing. Am I elliagble for benifits and if so what pay range is typical and how long?

  14. Alex says:

    I am currently employed, but due to a brain surgery I had to undergo I am on an approved ADA leave and will not be able to return to work until March. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible to receive unemployment since the injury/surgery puts you off work for sometime. If the injury was work related, please explore workers compensation scheme.

  15. Danielle says:

    I have worked for my company for 7+ years and went on maternity leave in Oct. When I called to discuss a date to come back (I was planning Jan 4) they told me they weren’t busy enough and would only call me if they needed extra help (so I was placed PRN). Am I eligible to apply for unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      If you’re now able and available to work, you can qualify.

      Please check further with the Unemployment Office in your state and apply accordingly.

  16. Fred says:

    Is a Fla. DOC releasee eligible for unemployment compensation? My son will be released in Jan 2017 after 15 years incarceration. Will he be eligible? Thank you. Please respond to furpleg@ yahoo.com

  17. Meri says:

    I am employed with a point system. Running your points down to zero results in being fired (usually). Due to illness I have run out of points (points are deducted when you call out). I brought in papers from my doctor pertaining to my absence but was told that isn’t taken into consideration. I have yet to go in for my official firing as I am still bed-ridden. Will I be able to collect unemployment if I am fired for missing too many days even with a doctors note?

  18. Rebecca says:

    I left a job in October, 2015 that I had been with since March, 2015 because I was offered a better job opportunity. I have been her less than 3 months and in this time, the owner of the company (my boss) has made inappropriate comments to me, from saying he would take me on a cruise, and my husband would be mad because he could not join. Bringing me flowers, passing sexual innuendo’s, saying that he would MAKE me try a food I said I did not like, and telling me several of times that he would spank me. I have told him it is inappropriate and he continues to pass remarks. What should I do? Do I have to keep working for him under these circumstances?

    • Martin says:

      Nope. Please explore the relevant labor laws in your state or lodge a complaint with your HR department.

      If you decide to quit because of this, you can be eligible to receive unemployment compensation until you find a job.

  19. Mary J. Greaves says:

    I originally filed the first week in June, 2015. I received notification dated 7/1 that my benefit begin date was 6/21/15 and should be $120/week. This notification also stated it was “Pending Wage Requests”. I received notification on 7/7 that I did not complete my application and had until 7/27 to do so. I completed and faxed info to Theresa at 954-606-0603. She check into it and said my application was complete and for me to start claiming weeks. I started claiming weeks and did so until I returned to work on 9/5/15. To date, I have not received any money. Can you help me? Nary-Jo Greaves

    • Martin says:

      You must have received the required communication if it was struck somewhere.

      Please call the claims center immediately for an update.

  20. Dana says:

    I (by Title 10 federal law) being forced to retire from the military due to service limitations. I have been a resident of Florida all my life. Can I file for unemployment while I look for employment even though I am receiving retirement benefits? As per the UI benefits worksheet questions and calculator I do…

    • Martin says:

      Yes, you should be able to receive UI compensation.

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

  21. vickie says:

    my last job was 2012 and i was let go..i was let go..i have found out the business is closed..what do i do to file for uneployement..i have not work since leaving there..i was there for 5 MONTHS and would like to get my benefits…

  22. aaron says:

    i have become unemployed. however, my company has offered me a number of weeks of severance pay due to years worked. can i wait until end of severance to begin unemployment period? or does unemployment period begin date of unemployment? the reason i ask is because if i file immediately, the severance will offset my unemployment income, rather than extending the length of time…

  23. Debbie says:

    I am a 57 year old veteran. I recently had a disagreement with a co-worker. She made me so upset that I was crying. I went home to recover and let my boss know what happened. He said that he would call me and we could talk about what happened. He never called, so I called him and left a message. He texted me stating that he didn’t like confrontations and that everyone has their flaws and that he did not want me to return to work. He stated that I should have come to him first, but I did try to talk to him several times. Do I have a case?

    • Martin says:

      Yes, it looks like you do.

      Please consider applying for unemployment compensation. If there is a dispute from your employer, be ready to provide supporting documentation.

  24. Thomas says:

    I was terminated from my job (through no fault of my own) in September. I have been approved for unemployment benefits, however, am not receiving payment because my employer had offered me a severance package that included a 2 year non-compete clause in my industry that i have worked in for 20 years. I would love to take the severance package but i cannot afford to not work in my industry for 2 whole years. Can this be right to deny me unemployment because I wont sign a two year non compete clause which only prevents me from gaining employment?

    • Martin says:

      I dont think you must have any issues drawing unemployment benefits if you reject the severance.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  25. LW says:

    Can you transfer your unemployment benefits from another state?

  26. devns says:

    Son was on FMLA…it ran out. Job said return in March 2015 or yor job will terminate. He told them he was not yet recovered from the illness so they separated. It is now late Nov 2015. He feels better is he too late for UE benefits (Florida)? he was fulltime & good pay for close to 2 years with the company.Thanks

    • Martin says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are not considered.

      Please call the customer service on the phone numbers provided for further information in this regard.

  27. Robert says:

    I believe I have been discriminated against in my job; not only due to race, but also do to age. If I terminate my position based on these factors would I be able to qualify for unemployment, or not so due “quitting” ?

    • Martin says:

      If you were fired indiscriminately, please consider applying for unemployment.
      In case of a dispute during claims processing, you can appeal.

  28. Susan says:

    I recently interviewed for a position and got the job but the job will not start for for 6 weeks. Do I still have to still keep applying for positions to get unemployment until I start my position?

    • Martin says:

      You should be able to as long as you do not receive any income during this period.

      Please inform the labor authorities in your state.

  29. Pablo Marquez says:

    I have been working for 2 years since last applying for benefits. As a Veteran this company decided to let me go on Veterans Week and ruin my employment history and possibility for re-hire as a Senior citizen. I cannot remember the PIN of the last time I filed and there is not alternative but to call in? Is there a reset via the internet? Please let me know as soon as possible.

    • Martin says:

      Please call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for further instructions in this regard.

      Contact details can be found on the department’s website.

  30. Julian says:

    I was recently let go from a sales position for missing a quota. When I applied for unemployment i was deemed inelligible due to a wage determination. When I spoke with someone they said it was because the base period is 5/2014 to 6/2015 and i need to show that I earned more than 11k. I was at my job from April to October and grossed a modest 18k, but unfortunately during the months included in the base period I only grossed 7500. I do have other jobs during the base period that I will add to my claim and see how that goes. What I dont understand is why over 10k of the job that let me go wont be considered or affect my elligibility. The other job I let was in New York and I recolated volutarily thus resigning from the position. Can anybody please explain this? My previous job will more than make up for the difference however I resigned and it was also out of state, so will that affect my elligibility?

    • Martin says:

      The labor authorities in your state can explain this better than anyone else.

      Please call the claims center. If you feel its not justified, please ask for an adjudicator to hear the matter further.

  31. keith says:

    After 37 years with the company my position was eliminated. I am getting a severance package but wanted to know if employment is not found once severance package runs out can I apply for benefits

  32. Veronica says:

    Back in June 2015 my doctor gave me a letter to take to my job staying that i had to be in bed rest with the availability to work from home (during my preganacy)my job couldn’t accommodate that. Now after i had the baby i was ready to come back and they just told me that the department i was is close that they are downsized and they can only offer me a sale position making less then what i used to. I was a quality control agent.would i qualify for unemployment and would this consider that am laid off?

    • Martin says:

      Well, you may not qualify since one needs to have employment in the preceding 4 calendars at least.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  33. Richard says:

    My husband started working at a restaurant April 2015 he was making about 750 every two weeks he just got laid off Oct 2015 due to not enough business does he qualify for unemployment

    • Martin says:

      He can be eligible if the job was on the rolls.

      Please confirm with the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  34. junior says:

    my wife is pragnent, her doctor give her restriction of 15 -20 pounds, when she bring the latter to the job , they said she have to go back home maybe after delivery the baby… do you think she can get unemployenemt?

  35. Katrina says:

    My husband was laid off due to his job hours changing and his availability not working with the new hours. Does that qualify for unemployment benefits ?

    • Martin says:

      If he was just laid off, UI benefits can be claimed. If he refused the change in work hours, eligibility is a question.

  36. Cynthia says:

    I am a 60 year old who has worked 40+ years. In October 2014 I had a “mini stroke” which caused me to discontinue my 20 hr part time job. In the last several months I have looked for more part time work to no avail. Just recently I have had a diagnosis of several disc bulge in my back. It is likely that surgery is in the near future. Is there any type of “unemployment” that I would qualify? I have lived in the state of FL for the past 11 years but the majority of my work history was in AL. Thank you in advance for any advice…

    • Martin says:

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

      Personal reasons such as health issues are not considered.

  37. chris says:

    My wifes employer put her on medical leave 4 months ago now refuses to let my wife know when she can come back. It was forced on her shes been trying to get her boss to let her come back to but nothing can she get unemployment do to this?

  38. Jamie says:

    I have been trying to get into my account for over a month and it says Access to this claim is unavailable. To speak to an agent regarding regaining access to this claim please call 888-993-9713. I have called that number too many times to count and it just disconnects me saying call volume is too high. I have tried calling every other number i can find and the same thing happens or they tell me I have to call the other number. I have been to my local office and they say they cant help that i have to call the other number. What am i suppose to do?

    • Martin says:

      The only thing you can do is to go back to the local office, be loud and assertive about your grievance. There is no other option left.

  39. Kimberly Thompson says:

    I have been locked out of my account to claim benefits for 2 months now. They tell me to call 888-993-9713 but I can’t get through no matter what time of day it is! What do I do?

    • Martin says:

      Please look up for alternate phone numbers on the official website. Y

      You can also consider visiting the nearest office for an update.

    • jamie says:

      For everyone who has been locked out for months unable to get through… I contacted my state Representative and the matter was resolved the next morning!

  40. arthur says:

    ive been locked out of my account for over a month it tells me to dial the 1-888-993-9713 number which I have dialed over 500 times not joking cant get through ive called every number available and they all tell me I have to get in touch with the 888 number meanwhile im starving any ideas on what to do ? plese help

    • Martin says:

      Please visit the website and lookout for alternate phone numbers.

      You can also consider the option of visiting an office in your area.

  41. Robin Davidson says:

    Can my unemployment be back dated to the date that I was unemployed? For example, I was unemployed on July 13,2015 but did not apply until August 9,2015.

  42. Susan says:

    My (now ex-) husband left our family (which includes a special needs child) in October 2014. I could not work then because I was home schooling, as I had been since our child was born. (She is now 12 and just started public school today.) I could not work last year due to her special needs and home schooling her. I got employment as a teacher in a Christian school starting August 17, 2015, with for teacher orientation. I started teaching Monday, August 24, 2015. On Sunday, August 30, I was called in to work at the church-school and dismissed without cause. When I asked for specifics, I was told none would be given. I do not have sufficient time being employed to qualify for unemployment. Does the state consider cases like mine to provide some kind of unemployment compensation while I continue to look for work?

    • Martin says:

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

      • Susan says:

        My unemployment is involuntary. My being let go wasn’t voluntary. I was dismissed. Why then wouldn’t I be considered for unemployment?

        • Martin says:


          They consider you employment in the last 4 calendar quarters to determine eligibility and to ascertain other determinants. It looks like you’ve had little employment during this period. If you have employment covering all the 4 quarters, please consider applying.

  43. patty says:

    im out of work early due to having my baby preterm,do I qulify for unemployment

  44. Beverly says:

    I live in the state broward county fl,filing for unemployment file online check my email it said that that my registration is incomplete and needed to get a credit score before moving on to the next step is that true anybody have any answers? Thank you.

    • kathy says:

      Never heard of that before. Are you sure you are on the unemployment website for the State of Florida? (we are not the unemployment office)

  45. Brenda Pankake says:

    I have been temporarily laid off due to construction being done at my place of employment which is with a family with a large estate, and I have worked for them for the past six years. The question posed above, “Did your employer pay unemployment taxes.” Well, I’m not sure how to answer that. I see on a paystub Federal W/H, FICA-SS and FICA-Med are deducted. So, can you tell me if I am eligible for unemployment benefits?

    • kathy says:

      Your employer should have posted a notice for all employees with regard to unemployment. It is the employer’s responsibility to pay and will not show up on your paystub. However, in all states there are a few types of employment not covered by unemployment – a Church, a public school. Some non-profits only pay when someone becomes unemployed. Ask your employer. If you can’t, and your employer does not fall into any of the previously mentioned categories, it is probably safe to say they paid unemployment – but if you can’t get an answer from the employer, call the local unemployment office for advice on how to proceed.

  46. chris says:

    i am currently employed but not allowed to work until my doctor releases me due to a car acccident. my pip benefit are exhausted to do to high hospital bills. Am i able to collect unemployment benefit to support my wife and child. I am the main source of income to my family and im looking for answer or help.

    • kathy says:

      If you are able to work at least light duty – doctor approved – you may be eligible. Perhaps your company will accomodate the light duty requirements of your situation.

  47. Nancy Lokken says:

    I am currently collecting unemployment from Wisconsin they notified me that I need to contact Florida Unemployment. Is this you? who do I need to contact? And how? I really need your help… Please advise me. Thank you for your assistance, Sincerely Nancy Lokken

    • kathy says:

      We are not affiliated with any unemployment office. Sorry – I really wish we could help.

    • kathy says:

      We are not the unemployment office. Sorry we can’t help. I removed your phone number – this is a public site – information provided is not private.

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