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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.
Major Towns:Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Cape Coral and Port St. Lucie
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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

414 thoughts on “Florida Unemployment Benefits”

    1. Jessie,

      Hope your husband gets well soon. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    2. Forgot to tell you the Florida EEO and Florida Civil Rights are run by illegals so forget trying to get justice thru these people…..:(

    1. Jackie,

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

  1. I am 63, I sold my business 5 yrs ago. I have not worked since, expecting to maybe find another business to get into. I have not and now am unable to find a decent job. What are my options.

    1. Tom,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are offered to claimants who’ve had active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please check on the internet or visit a Labor office in the vicinity to inquire about other benefits.

  2. Hi,
    I filled the unemployment application 2 weeks ago, I uploaded my résumé and answer all the questions. What else should I do to receive the unemployment compensation?

    Regards,

    1. Dag,

      Please wait for the letter of determination which essentially says if the claim has been approved or not. After which, you’re required to make a weekly claim and file job search reports.

  3. Hello,
    I recently filed a HR complaint on my boss and ever since then she has made the work place a hostile environment and isn’t as friendly or professional as she would towards me. I have found a contract job but the training is not paid. Can I collect unemployment while training?

    1. Jasenia,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who’re completely out of work. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

  4. After my unemployment of completed or finished in Florida I desperately accepted a contracted temp position working from home in another state(Texas) which they were not deducting taxes. The temp position is over after 6 months-can I continue collecting unemployment in Florida?

    1. Denise,

      Contract employment does not qualify since employers’ do not remit taxes that contribute to the fund. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  5. If you received a lump sum severance not attached to specific period of time. Can you apply for unemployment?

  6. I resigned from a job in May 2017. Had savings to live on, but didn’t think I’d be out of work for over five months. Filed for unemployment in October, and have received first benefit check. Received letter today stating I am eligible for benefits (due to leaving hostile work environment) dating back to May 21st. Can I request benefits for the time between May 25th (my actual last day) and October 1st?

  7. I started a new job on 5/1/17 and was just fired on 10/25/17 making 55k a year. I am getting 3 months severance pay. Can I apply for unemployment and if so when should I start the process? Unfortunately, Uncle Sam is taking a chunk of this money so its really not 3 months severance.

  8. I quit my job because I have a better job offer with starting date,on my last day with my previous employer I received a call from the new job that states they will move my starting date because they were not able to complete my background check because there is no system on Pr consequence of the hurricane and per protocol they need that info.I asked my previous employee if I could keep my job for a couple of weeks and I was told NO.Right now I’m unemployed without any income ,what should I do?

    1. Mary,

      Your state will have exclusive benefits for workers affected by the hurricane. Please call the Claims Center for further details.

  9. Hello,

    I received a severance packet from my job of 21 years this month. The severance provided three months of pay. At what point can I apply for unemployment benefits?

  10. I am being involuntarily severed (laid off) after 42 years of employment with the same company. I will be able to receive my pension starting January1st 2018, My termination date is November 30th 2017. Can I get benefits for December 2017?

  11. My employer says I may qualify for unemployment for a week I could not work because of the hurricane. How would I claim this since I’m not fired ,quit or laid off?

    1. Rachel,

      Your state may have an exclusive program for hurricane-affected workers. Please call the Unemployment Office or visit the website to know the procedure.

  12. Florida unemployment says I was paid today, Sept. 29th. The problem is the money I need, the payment, is not in my bank account. I called and I guess you guys arent open where I live, Lakeland, FL. Where is my unemployment payment? Has someone stolen it? I humbly ask for your help. I need the funds to help me survive.

    1. Ryan,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim file. Call the Claims Center immediately for an update on payment status.

  13. I live in Pennsylvania and work out of my home for doctors in Sarasota, Florida. They are discontinuing my job as of the end of October. Can I apply for unemployment even though I’m getting social security?? And I would apply for unemployment benefits in Florida and not Pennsylvania-right??

    1. Betty,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. In most states, they let you draw both UI and SS benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  14. If i paid unemployment insurance for many years and the company went out of business and i am on social
    security and i am 78 years old,can i collect unemployment? that’s my question.

    1. Robert,

      You should be able to collect. Please call the Unemployment Office to clarify and to ascertain the impact of SS benefits.

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

    1. Gloria,

      Please use the Calculator available on this website to estimate benefits. Call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    2. Layoffs and Terminations are frequent in the State of Florida due to the avoidance of Civil Rights division of the State of Florida that stonewall EEO Lawyers. Please seek multiple access to getting re-employed I recommend you view careersinflorida dot weebly dot com or email them at; careersinflorida at AOL dot com

  15. I went to work in a new business field about six months ago. The field is purchase money home loans. The company pays a small salary but the majority of compensation is supposed to be commission. Unfortunately, of all the applicants, very few have qualified and so I haven’t had a loan go through to closing yet. I know I will be terminated for lack of production as this is a sales oriented position. I have never been terminated before and am concerned about having a termination on my job history. However, I made need to file for unemployment benefits. My question is, can I still collect unemployment if I resign before the termination or should I wait for termination to be eligibile?

    1. Carlton,

      Firstly, please check with your employer if they remit taxes into the system. Secondly, if you resign voluntarily, you will not qualify to receive UI benefits.

  16. i worked for 24 years at my last job till may 2015—i left because of health reasons-liver cancer and liver transplant aug 2015–i have been recieving social security since june 2015–am i still able to get unemployment benefits ????????

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.You may not be eligible to claim under such circumstances.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office.

  17. I was going to school and working and had to file for time off to finish in another state to graduate. If I was terminated for attendance reasons because of delayed flights would I qualify for UI?

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

  18. I was told I am being laid off and my last day of employment is in a month can I apply in advance for my benefits

  19. I was picked up on warrants I had no idea were out there–I was incarnated and unable to reach work within about 6 days. They terminated me due to abandoning my job but my immediate supervisor knew where is was can I collect uneployment

    1. Well, Unemployment Insurance is only offered to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office by calling them.

  20. I am quitting my job because of poor management and the way they have treated me. Can I collect unemployment as I search for a new job?

    1. Well, if you were harassed or working under hostile conditions, you can quit and collect.

      However, I suggest that you speak to the Unemployment Office to confirm before making a decision on your employment.

  21. I was fired from my previous employer because I reported safety issues to OSHA. I haven’t had any contact back from OSHA regarding the report, nor have I found a job in the amount of time since. Will I qualify for benefits?

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits if the separation from the job was due to involuntary reasons.

      Please consider applying and keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  22. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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?

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

  24. 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.

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

    1. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

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

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

  31. 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.

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

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  32. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  33. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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

      Please check with your employer if they pay Unemployment Taxes.

  34. 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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