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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 Oct through Dec 2015 to Jul through Sep,2016

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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?

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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 good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website.
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. Michael Johnson says:

    I put in the wrong pin and you locked me out I need to reset it and it directs me to call you at 1 800 297 0586 and I can’t get through I need to get this done asap

    • Sam says:

      Please note this is a private forum. You got locked out of a govt. website.

      Please let us know the nature of the problem when you call.

  2. Betty says:

    How long after filing does it take to get check?

    • Sam says:

      If you’re waiting for the first payment, it takes about 7-10 working days. For details on regular claims, please refer to the official website.

  3. Alicia says:

    I was terminated from my job after 4 months because they claimed I lied on my application regarding an arrest that happened more than 10 years ago. When I did the application it said “was I ever charged with a crime?” I answered “no” because I was never charged, went to court or trial. The case was thrown out. It was a domestic matter and have never been in trouble with the law or gotten a ticket. Come to find out that “charged” means arrested. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Sam says:

      I am not sure since it depends on local laws. Please consult a lawyer or contact the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  4. Lynn says:

    Hello,

    Can you file for unemployment if you are pregnant and the company does not offer maternity pay? The company does not offer short term disability. Only FMLA which is unpaid.

    • Sam says:

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

  5. marta says:

    can I collect unemployment and go to school in Florida?

    • Sam says:

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

      Plese call the Unemployment Office for confirmation.

  6. Joyce says:

    I’m over the age of 59.5 and need to cash out my 401K in order to get by. If I do this how will it affect my unemployment?

    • Sam says:

      It will be treated as an income and have a bearing when you apply for UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Benefits to inquire about the nature of the impact.

  7. Dennis Ramirez says:

    I applied for unemployment last year it took a while but finally it vit approved..couple of months ago i got a letterfrom them saying i was to pay all that money back…what gives?

  8. Roberta Auman says:

    the company I was working for lost to another company I got hired by the new company, its been 3 weeks without any hours can I get unemployment?

  9. Simba says:

    when do we get the tax forms so we can file our taxes for 2017?

    • Sam says:

      Form 1099-G will be mailed between Jan 15, 2017, to Jan 31, 2017. Please use the link below to access the required information.

      https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX

    • Pab says:

      TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
      The IRS Laws to those agencies that are to send out a 1099-G, you have until January/31st to provide the claimant a copy of the 2016 tax year. It is March and I have not received my 1099-G by mail and I cannot get it from the online system that the disgruntle State employees have damaged because I have been copying my denial of Unemployment benefits to Gov.Scott and the State Civil Rights Commission. Please send them out as per the LAW!
      Pablo

  10. ROBERTO L CORTES says:

    I want to know if I qualify for Unemployment. I work in a company which because of financial difficulties lowered me from 40 hours to 25 hours a week.

  11. william d collins jr says:

    I was laid off because they where selling the press, and they did not a spot for me at this time they where very nice about it and said they would see if they had something open I would be considered for rehire.

  12. amanda says:

    I quit due to stress related medical issues instead of choosing to take stress meds, boss had changed my position against my choice and I tried to make it work but boss refused to give me back position I was hired for when asking. Am I eligible? I’ve never used unemployement before.

    • Sam says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. If you quit voluntarily, you may not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  13. Linda Kladnick says:

    I had to leave my job in Arizona due to my husbands employment and relocation. Would I be eligible for unemployment in Florida?

    • Martin says:

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

  14. kenny says:

    I am self employed for the past 5 yrs. I recently was put on suspension for 6 mo. can I file for unemployment during this time.

    • Martin says:

      Self-employed workers are generally not eligible to claim UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  15. Lori says:

    What is a acceptable reason or good cause for a late filing for disaster relief?

    • Martin says:

      I am not really sure. If it’s genuine it should be acceptable.

      Please call the Unemployment office for further details.

  16. shirley seto says:

    just was wondering what the issue with my weeks claimed.wasnt sure if I put something in wrong

    • Martin says:

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim information.

      You can call the Claims Center for an update on the payment status.

  17. Sean says:

    I’m online and it’s showing that last letter in name does not match license.

    • Martin says:

      Please note this is a private forum. You can call the Claims Center for further details.

      • Pab Marq says:

        TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
        I have filed since 11/08/2016, I see twoweeks held back “PAID” on your Payment Claims Screen. But I have recieved no checks to my “direct deposit” account also weeks thereafter are valid and all my account information has been updated and is current. I have called the Bank and they agree that the State of Florida has not sent nor processed any direct payments to my account. Would verify why within your Employees they have placed this unlawful coercion intentionally against me. And if found that person should be terminated.cc: I hope to be gainfully employed in 2017 and be forced to apply for $10/hr only jobs by these State Employees.

        • Martin says:

          Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to the claims system.

          You may call the Unemployment Office for an update on claim status.

  18. gyula kadar says:

    Good afternoon
    Like to know why my wife did not received anything from the government, when she was approved, because Hurricane Matthew!, and filled out all necessary documents?!
    Please let us know, we have two kids at home and she was out 3 weeks from work!
    Thank you and Happy Holidays
    Gyula Kadar

    • Martin says:

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to the systems. Please call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided for an update on the claim status.

  19. raymond norfolk says:

    i started an unemployment application but didn’t finish how do I continue to finish it ?

    • Martin says:

      If you started the application online, please log-in again to be able to continue.

      If the application was filed over the phone, please follow the same procedure again.

  20. Rsy says:

    I WAS LAOD OFF IN MARCH. HAVE NEVER FILED UNEMPLOYMENT BEFORE. BEEN LIVING ON MY SAVINGS. I HAVE A WIFE AN 3 LIL GIRLS. THAT LIVE WITH ME. I MADE OVER 100GS LAST YEAR. But just cant find nothings even close.
    If i file will they give me a check for the 19 weeks ive already been out of work? Or will they start it from now.

    • Martin says:

      You should have filed as soon as you were laid off to make use of the “Base Period”. Please use the Benefits Calculator available on this website to ascertain eligibility.

  21. Lee says:

    Can I be laid off/fired because I had a stroke?

  22. Richard says:

    If you resigned due to medical reason are you able to get unemployment

    • Martin says:

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

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  23. Cathy says:

    Can I utilize FL Unemployment to search for another job? I am currently employed.

    Thanks,

    Cathy

    • Martin says:

      If you got separated from the last job due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible to apply for UI until you find employment.

  24. Angie says:

    If you accept a temp job when it ends can you go back to collecting unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Temporary jobs do not qualify since they are generally under contract.

      Please check with your employer if they pay Unemployment Taxes.

  25. Kathryn says:

    Is a person of full retirement age, working full time and laid off, and also drawing social security benefits qualify for unemployment benefits?

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