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Florida Unemployment Job Search Requirements

In order to continue obtaining Florida unemployment benefits you have to meet ongoig job search requirements. Jobless benefits are intended to be a temporary benefit until you get new job, so these job search requirements are prepared to ensure you are keenly seeking a new job.

FL Job Search Requirements are as follows:

  1. You must be keenly looking for a job.
  2. You must make as a minimum 2 job contacts per week. Job contacts include filling out job applications and sending resumes.
  3. You must keep a record of all of your job search activities, including a record of all job contacts.
  4. You must not be disabled. If you are disabled there are different programs obtainable to assist you and your unemployment counselor or local unemployment office can direct you to those resources.

You must meet these job search requirements every week, and give a weekly certification to let the unemployment office that you are meeting all of the requirements. Ensure to have your job search record up to date, as you may be called into the unemployment office for a periodic eligibility review.

Questions & Answers

  1. Shawn says:

    When submitting a claim and filling in the jobs I’ve applied to… some of the jobs are in other States (outside of Florida). I have been receiving my checks without issue, but my wife seems to think that you are not allowed to use “out of State” jobs to claim Florida unemployment benefits. So I decided to look up “applying in other States” and I can’t find any references anywhere. So the question is: Can I submit claims referencing jobs I’ve applied to in another State? -OR- to put it another way… Can you only claim referencing Florida-based jobs?

  2. Wanda Brown says:

    what website do I go to for claiming my weeks

  3. Kimberly Glisson says:

    I was recently laid off from 4 yr job.I took another job $400 less a month,been there one week.I would like to quit Can i file while i find something similar?

    • Sam says:

      If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to check if you can apply on the basis of the job you were laid off from.

  4. Gary Brown says:

    If I receive a severance package how long before I’m elgible for unemployment>

  5. Jan says:

    As part of this process do I have to check in to an office?

    • Martin says:

      Jan,

      Not sure what you mean by “Office”. If you’re referring to the Unemployment Office, you may not be required to physically visit since most of the formalities are managed online/over the phone. Please call the Claims Center for further information.

  6. JoAnn Freeberger says:

    I became unemployed July 1, 2015, but was told I was not initially eligible for benefits due to receiving a severance. Since the severance period completed, I have worked contractually. My last contract ended on July 29, 2016. How do I apply for benefits since my contractual agreement did not come with documentation that I am not employed. I spoke with the Staffing Agency, and they said it is not something they do. I am now 5 weeks without a pay, and feel as though I should be eligible for benefits.

  7. Katherine Smith says:

    I am not very good on a computer, I don’t understand a lot of things, like when I type something in and hit the button, it doesn’t just go to the sites, it goes to more things where I have to figure out which one to choose and I can never figure it out, can You help Me? I need to file My job search for My claim each week, I have never claimed unemployment before.

    • Martin says:

      Well, we do not have access to the systems to be able to help you with the reporting process.

      Please seek help from a friend or a family member. You will get used to it in a short span of time.

  8. Gail Freese says:

    Where do you enter job search information. I’ve tried for several days to locate it with no success.

  9. Cindy says:

    I am currently receiving unemployment from a different state but have recently moved to FL, in Nebraska on our unemployment site there is job search abilities but since I am not currently receiving unemployment benefits in FL can I still utitilize the job searching on your website?

    • Martin says:

      Please note we’re not a govt. agency. I don’t think there should be an issues looking for jobs on a different state’s website.

      Kindly call the claims center to confirm this.

  10. Shelby says:

    What questions do they ask during the unemployment active job search process?

  11. ROBERT BUSHMAN says:

    I HAVE TRIED FOR HOURS, EVEN HAD HELP, HOW DO U FILE YOUR WEEKLY JOB SEEKS FOR CERTIFICATION very frustraited, please help

  12. Deborah Hansen says:

    I was contacted by someone in your office regarding not having my email and also wanting a resume. I can not find where i need to add these onto. Please advise.
    Thank you,
    Deb Hansen

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