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Are you physically able to work?

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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")?

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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 Jan 2017 - Mar 2017 to Oct 2017 - Dec 2017

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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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State Name: Florida

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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. Leigh says:

    My job is eliminating my postion after 11 years but is offering me different position that is part time, less pay, less hours, no benefits. Am I able to leave and collect unemployment while searching for a new job?

  2. jacquelin jones says:

    I am relocating from atlanta to florida can I claim unemployment

  3. Lorena says:

    I’m filing for unemployment because my job fired me. I worked for Lyft last year on the side too.

    Do I have to include it on the application under employer for last 18 months, apart from my job? Asking because it’s considered self-employed. I also have not and will not work for them anymore so wanted to be sure.

    • Sam says:

      Lorena,

      Firstly, I am not sure if you qualify to receive UI benefits since you may be on contract with Lyft. Please either contact your employer or Unemployment Office to inquire about being eligible before applying.

  4. Beverly A Claeys says:

    I am trying to open a new claim. Could you please direct me to the site. When I type in my social security number it says there is an open claim. That one is last years claim. I want to apply for this year

  5. Felecia says:

    I lost my job and two day after I applied for unemployment my husband had to go in for emergency surgery he will be out of work for the next three months can I still get unemployment without sending in five job apps, he can not drive or get himself around I have to do it all for him.

    • Sam says:

      Felecia,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You may be still required to conform to the requirements. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  6. Jackie says:

    I was just laid off and have been offered a temporary job at a local school paying less than half my salary from the last job. When this temporary job ends, will i be able to file for unemployment benefits?

    • Sam says:

      Jackie,

      Contract and temp jobs do not qualify since employers’ don’t pay Unemployment Taxes. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  7. William Schultz says:

    i had quadruple open heart surgery awhile ago and am back to work in a small print shop. i can no longer do the everyday lifting etc nor can i handle the all day stress involved. can i file for unemployment while i look for a job that i can do such as a desk job.

    • Sam says:

      William,

      I hope you recover soon. Before making a decision on your employment, please call the Unemployment Office to discuss your situation.

  8. Shawn says:

    I am receiving benefits currently. I took a job but the working conditions are horrible, i’ve received no formal training and everything is just helter skelter. I’m not even in the system yet so I can clock in. No idea if I’ll even get paid after hearing other employees talking about issues with paychecks. If I quit this job after 4 days how does this impact my benefits?

    • Sam says:

      Shawn,

      Do not quit immediately without consulting the Unemployment Office. Your description of horrible working conditions may not be theirs.

  9. phils says:

    What is the justification by this state agency for denying an unemployment claim when all the eligibility criteria and requirements have been met and the former employer, source of these funds, do not and did not question or dispute the claim? State of Florida, Orange County

    • Sam says:

      Phils,

      Please note this is a private forum and the state agencies are not watching this post. If you think you or another claimant was wrongfully denied, please consider filing an appeal.

  10. Maryann says:

    I have been working part-time (3 days a week). I’m being laid off. Can I collect unemployment.

    • Sam says:

      Maryann,

      I am not sure if you qualify as a part-time worker. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  11. Larry says:

    I have to leave my job, I live 3 hours north of were I work, and lost my apartment after 3 years. i can no longer work without a place to live and i cannot drive 3 hours each way every day. Would I be eligible for unemployment.

    • Sam says:

      Larry,

      Before deciding to call it quits, please discuss your situation with the Unemployment Office in your state and take their advice.

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