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Updated : September 20th, 2021

Florida Unemployment Benefits

The Unemployment Insurance provided in Florida is intended to provide monetary assistance to those who lose their jobs for no fault of their own. It is also designed in such a way that it helps the applicants find other career opportunities at the earliest.

You need to know about the eligibility criteria, the application process, contact information, and other related information to successfully file for unemployment benefits.   

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Florida

To receive a weekly benefit amount in Florida, the applicant must meet some specific eligibility criteria. The criteria to be eligible includes monetary aspects, previous job-separation criteria, and various others throughout the benefit period.

Monetary Eligibility

Applicants must meet the criteria set for monetary requirements to be eligible to receive monetary benefits. The monetary requirements are based on the wages earned by the applicants in the base period. The base period earnings of the applicant are not only set as the eligibility criteria, but it also helps in determining the monetary benefit amount once the applicant becomes eligible.

In Florida, to determine the benefit amount of the applicants, wages earned in the first four of the last five calendar quarters are considered. The quarters considered for monetary benefits are also known as the base year.

In the base year, the applicants must meet the following conditions to gain eligibility for monetary benefits:

  • Applicants must have earned a minimum of $3400 gross wages
  • The applicant must have a minimum of two-quarters of covered wages
  • The total gross wage in the base year must be more than 1.5 higher than the quarter with the highest wages

If the applicants tick all the boxes above, they may be eligible for the weekly monetary benefits. If approved, an applicant may receive a maximum of $275 as a weekly benefit, based on the applicant’s wages earned in the base period.

Applicants will be allowed to draw benefits for not more than 12 weeks, and the maximum benefit amount earned will not exceed $3,300. These figures are the maximum limit that one can earn in the state of Florida. One may find out about the monetary benefit amount that the applicant is eligible to obtain by using the following method:

Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): In Florida, WBA is calculated by taking the wages from the highest-earning quarter, and dividing it by 26, or the weekly amount $275, whichever is less. For instance, if you earned $5,000 in your top quarter, your WBA will be $6,500/26, or $250. If you made $7,800 in your top quarter, your WBA will not be (7,800/26) $300, as $300 is less than the maximum limit of $275, in which case, you shall receive $275.

Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA):MBA of an applicant is calculated by taking the total base wages of the applicant and dividing it by 4, or the yearly maximum limit of $3,300, whichever is less. For instance, if the total wages of an applicant is $10,000, his/her WBA will be (10,000/4) $2,500. However, if the applicant’s total wages are $14,000, his/her WBA will not be (14,000/4) $3,500, but it will be $3,300, as the maximum limit.

Find out more about eligibility requirements

Job Separation

Monetary eligibility will not guarantee weekly benefits for the applicants. Once they prove their monetary eligibility, they must establish the reason for separating from their previous establishment.

The applicant must have left the previous organization for no fault of his/hers whatsoever. If an applicant quits from his last organization for any of the below-mentioned reasons, they will not qualify for the benefits:

  • Applicant quit the job due to the lack of job satisfaction
  • The applicant failed to show up to work without prior notice
  • The applicant has not made any reasonable effort to improve his performance
  • The applicant got fired for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs on the work premises
  • No reasonable effort is taken by the applicant to solve ongoing issues
  • The applicant was caught stealing or damaging company property
  • The applicant was not involved in any form of criminal activity in his previous activity
  • The applicant got fired for acting against the organization’s interests
  • A serious, life-altering injury sustained by the applicant

The concerned department will connect with the applicants and their previous employers to register the reason for separation. If it is established that the applicant was let go of the previous organization for no fault of his/hers, he/she will become eligible for benefits.

Eligibility requirements – overview

Maintaining Eligibility

The purpose of Unemployment Insurance in Florida is to support citizens monetarily when they lose a job until they find another one. It is, thus, important that the claimants keep up the pursuit of a job during the benefit period, or they may lose the eligibility to claim benefits.

To maintain eligibility during the benefit period, the applicants must adhere to the following points:

  • The applicant must be ready to take up any jobs and must be on an active look-out for one
  • The applicant must be disabled, as the state of Florida provides separate programs for the disabled
  • To display that you are looking for a job, you must contact at least 5 prospective employers every week to show that you are actively pursuing a job
  • For those coming from counties with a population of less than 75,000, they must visit at least three prospective employers weekly
  • If the applicant fails to meet the required number of prospective employers in any given week, he must meet a representative from his local CareerSource Florida to access reemployment services
  • Earnings must be reported every week, even if the applicant has not been paid in the given week

Find out on job search requirements

How To Apply For UI Benefits In Florida?

Applicants will need the following documents to apply for unemployment benefits in Florida:

Once the applicant obtains the required documents, you may then proceed to file for unemployment benefits in Florida. In the state of Florida, all claims for unemployment benefits must be made through the online application process.


Applicants must log on to the CONNECT portal – and fill in the necessary data to complete the filing process.

Filing the claim through the online portal is mandatory in the state of Florida unless they are exempted by law for the following reasons:

  • The applicant is illiterate or does know the required languages to log in to the CONNECT portal
  • The applicant is not a resident of Florida
  • The applicant is on a temporary layoff, of not more than 8 weeks from the date he/she last worked for an employer
  • The applicant is participating in the approved Short-term Compensation Plan (STC)
  • The applicant is physically, mentally, or visually impaired to use a computer
  • The applicant is legally not allowed to use a computer


Filing claims through telephone are only made possible for those who are exempted from filing claims online. Such individuals may dial Florida unemployment number 1-800-681-8102 to get assistance for filing claims for monetary benefits.

Note -If the applicant faces trouble using Florida UI CONNECT. He is advised to visit his nearest unemployment office and report the issue or call the Florida unemployment customer service.

How To File Weekly Claims

After applying for benefits, the applicants must log in to the CONNECT portal on a bi-weekly basis to request benefit payment. Those who have been granted an exemption from the online application may dial 1-800-681-8102 to find out more about the weekly claiming procedure.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

The UI benefit amount depends on the applicant’s wages in the base period. One can use the Florida unemployment calculator to determine the approximate UI weekly benefits amount that the applicant can receive.

Benefits Calculator

Use the calculator to find out how much weekly benefits you may approximately earn in the state of Florida.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

Once the application for benefits is filed, the claimants need to make sure that they receive the monetary benefits uninterruptedly. The immediate actions that need to be taken by the claimants after filing for benefits are:

  • All claimants must register for work on the Employ Florida website
  • It is recommended to review the monetary determination. If there are any issues in the determination, claimants can appeal against the decision
  • Claimants are advised to constantly review CONNECT home page to complete any open fact-finding and respond to important messages
  • Overpayments And Frauds
  • If the claimants receive benefits more than the amount that was supposed, either knowingly or unknowingly will lead to an overpayment of benefits. Intentionally receiving a benefit amount that does not belong to the claimant will be seen as a fraud

Non-fraud Overpayment

Overpayments in Florida are the occurrence of any oversight, miscalculation, or misunderstanding of benefit amount calculation. Situations such as technical errors, RAAC orders, or court decisions leading to redistribution may also lead to non-fraud overpayment.

When such scenarios of overpayments occur, the concerned department will send a notice to the claimants, mandating them to pay back the excessive amount. Post receiving the notice, the claimant must make arrangements to pay back the stipulated amount. Refer to the points below to know more on the information relating to repayment:

  • Repayment can be done via money or check, with an attached payment coupon
  • Repayment can also be done on the CONNECT website
  • Claimants can pay the entire amount in a lump sum or can choose to pay in installments
  • The claimants must pay a minimum of 10% of the total original balance monthly

Fraud Overpayment

In Florida, any false statements made by the claimant or concealing necessary facts will be considered fraud. Some of the examples of fraud in Florida are:

  • Not reporting wages that were earned over the week intentionally
  • Under-reporting the wages earned
  • Lying or misrepresenting the facts on the reason for job separation
  • Forging documents to prove eligibility for benefits

If a claimant is found guilty of committing fraud, he/she will be subject to the following penalties:

  • The claimant will have to repay the entire excess amount received with a 15% penalty
  • Will not be eligible for unemployment benefits either on a week-by-week basis or for an entire year
  • May also be referred to the state attorney and be prosecuted in the court
  • In the state of Florida, fraud is considered a third-degree felony, and the accused may face severe consequences

Benefits Extension

The state gives extended benefits only if the unemployment rate is too high. Visit the Department of Economic Opportunity to know more extended benefits.  

Job Training Assistance

The State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity and Reemployment Assistance Program provides Job Assistance Resources to claimants to help them find employment. The department not only assists in career planning and job planning but also helps veterans, seniors, and military spouses through various programs.

To provide job assistance, the department provides the following services:

  • Employ Florida: Applicants get advice on resumes, job applications, and career options through a vast pool of online resources
  • Green Jobs: The state of Florida promotes job search in green-sector jobs. It prioritizes job-opening renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conversation fields
  • CareerSource Centers: These centers help the applicants in the job search
  • People First: This program helps the applicants to search and apply for government positions
  • Teach in Florida: This program provides additional resources to those who are interested in careers in Florida’s school system

Know more job training opportunities in FL

Florida Office Locations and Phone Numbers

To get information via telephone, find the list of numbers that you may need during your benefit period:

FL Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

To file a claim 1-800-681-8102
Details on unemployment insurance 1-800-204-2418
Agency Assist 1-800-342-9909
RA Fraud Hotline 1-877-846-8770

Locate your nearest unemployment office

Frequently Asked Question

Q. How do I file my claim for unemployment benefits in Florida?
In the state of Florida, you must file your claims through the online portal called - CONNECT. You need to get an exemption from the concerned department if you are incapable of using the internet. If you get an exemption, you can then file for unemployment benefits by calling - 1-800-681-8102.
Q. How do I file an appeal?

The claimant must appeal hearing within 20 calendar days after the distribution date of the determination. If the 20th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday you may file the appeal the next business day.

Q. What is CONNECT?

CONNECT is Florida’s Reemployment Assistance claims system. CONNECT offers access to file, manage, and review your claim details 24/7.

Q. Help, I received a technical error. What do I do?
There are two common causes of technical issues with CONNECT:
  • CONNECT is not compatible with mobile devices. CONNECT was designed for desktop computers.
  • CONNECT is most compatible with Internet Explorer 11.

If the technical errors persist after making these adjustments, please contact the department at 1-800-204-2418.
Q. Will I be eligible for unemployment insurance while working part-time and how will it affect my claim/benefits?

If your gross earnings for a claim week is 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 full-time employment unless all of your work during the base period of your claim was part-time work.

Q. What am I expected to do once I complete the application process?
After completing your application process, you are required to complete the following tasks:
  • You must register for work through the Employ Florida without fail.
  • You should make sure to review your Monetary Determination.
  • Do not forget to maintain a record of your weekly job contacts and request benefits biweekly.
  • You must also review your Home page in CONNECT to complete any open fact-finding and review any important messages on your account.
Q. Can my claim be backdated to when I became unemployed?

In the state of Florida, the Unemployment Compensation Law mandates that the effective date of your claim must be the Sunday prior to the date you file your claim.

Q. What documents do I need to establish a valid work search contact?
In order to establish a valid work search contact, you need to submit the following documents:
  • Date of Contacting the prospective employer
  • How did you contact the prospective employer? (In person, Online, Fax, Phone, etc.)
  • Contact details of the employer, such as the name of the business, the name of the employer, telephone number, address, website URL and an e-mail ID.
  • Results of your search
  • Type of work sought
Q. When does a claim end?

The claim will be expired after the passing of 365 days. Payments end when the balance runs out OR the end date passes.

. How many work search contacts do I need to provide to the department per benefit week?
You need to provide five work search contacts per week.
The following are exceptions and exemptions:
  • If you come from a low-population county - three contacts weekly
  • If you are a Union Member, you are required to remain in good standing and maintain regular contact with your Union.
  • If you are offered new employment and have a start date within 6 weeks - exempted from the work search requirements.
  • If you are a part of an approved training program - exempted from the work search requirements.

Questions & Answers

  1. The compnay I work for had to lay off all their drivers due to this virus situation. I tried to apply for UI here in Florida, but once I put in my SS# the system recognized me and asked to sign in. Trouble is that yes I did apply a couple of years ago but cannot for the life of me remember my pin# and after a few attempts was locked out. I called the 800 number and it directs you to send an email. Looked up the site filled out the info and when I clicked to send an ERROR page popped up. I refreshed the pages even restarted my computer and still get the same error code. Is there any other possible way to getting some kind of help. I know all UI offices are overwhelmed, there are no actual physical person to talk to, but something has got to give. Plz someone respond. Thank you and stay safe.

    1. Jose,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. Just a quick question… If an employer cuts hours because of the covid-19 can a person collect unemployment for the number of reduced hours usually obtained from their regular paycheck, that is if they continue to work under reduced hours. Thanks

    1. Ron,

      You should be able to claim partial UI benefits. Please consider applying until the hours are restored.

  3. My business closed due to the CONVI-19. They are saying my employment status is still active, but am “temporarily laid off”. I read that you are exempting the requirement of searching for jobs if a business is to resume within eight weeks. However, my company did not provide my a date of when we would return. So do I need an official date to apply for unemployment insurance without searching for other jobs or am I eligible for unemployment insurance for up to eight weeks, regardless if the company provides us a date of return? Thank you in advance for your consideration and assistance.

    1. Andrew,

      Your state may have activated “Emergency Funding” considering the Coronavirus outbreak. Please visit the website right away to learn more.

      1. Hola.. trabajé en una compañía en new York y la compañía se fue a bancarrota. Por espacio de 5 años y estoy reclamando los beneficios de desempleo de N.J pero quiero ir a vivir a Miami. Puedo seguir reclamando mi beneficio.?

  4. I have been approved for benefits but have not received a debit card effective date was 1/26/2020 how long before this will be sent ou

  5. I worked for my previous employer for 11 years and my position was outsourced. I didn’t realize that you can only get 12 weeks of unemployment. After 11 years, I only get $3,300 from UI. I will be turning 67 in 2020 and this is putting a burden on me. There are no extensions?

    1. Denise,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. My position with my organization has been eliminated due to a reduction in workforce effective 9/9/19. I applied for another position within the organization and was selected for it. The new position has a start date of 10/14/2019. I will be considered a new hire. So essentially, I will be out of work for five weeks. I am receiving a lump sum severance payment equal to three weeks pay with 40 hours of PTO paid out. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits? And considering the time allotted for the approval and initial payout process, should I apply for unemployment benefits?

    1. Unemployment Insurance benefits are only offered to claimants who’re officially unemployed. Not sure of your case. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  7. I have filed for unemployment assistance a long time ago and I do not remember my pin or the the security questions. Also it is not accepting my social security number. I tried to call, but they could not answer. What should I do?

    Thank you for your help

  8. I resigned due to health issues which were exacerbated by the stressful nature of the job. For example, I have autoimmune disease and was working 10-12 hours a day in a high stress role. Initially had to file for intermittent FMLA and then went on medical leave because I became very ill. Doctors stated the stress exacerbated my condition. I returned to work and then within a month became ill again due to the stress of the role triggering another autoimmune flare up. I was on medical leave for a second time from 5/17/19-through 7/29/19. Last recorded day of work is 5/17/19 but last day as an official employee is 7/29/19. Can I file for unemployment benefits?

  9. My position was eliminated but I was provided with salary payment through the end of the month plus then a 2 week severance. When can I apply for UI benefits?

  10. Hi,

    I filed 7/17 and as of 8/7 it says I am eligible. I made my first 2wk claim and am filing the last 2 weeks today but STILL have not received any benefits. I tried to call today but they are too busy and I am automatically disconnected. Help!

  11. I am currently receiving unemployment benefits, my Dr said I need foot surgery that will lay me up for 3 months. Will I lose my employment benefit for the 3 months.

    1. George,

      To ensure continuity in weekly benefits, the claimant is required to make weekly searches and also accept suitable job offers. In your case, it looks like that might not be possible. Please call the Unemployment Office for help.

  12. I was suspended July 13th from Walmart without pay. I applied for unemployment the same day. My claim is active and states edibility redetermination. No pending Issues are stated . It’s going on 5 weeks now. What can I do to claim my benefits?

    1. Please call the Unemployment Office right away to understand where the file is struck and if there’s anything you can do to release it.

      Note: UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons.

    2. A one-time lump sum payout (severance) accompanied my involuntary termination. The company has eliminated my position. When can I apply for unemployment? I am looking for work now.

        1. I received a lump sum severence payment. There is a question on the application that asks “What period of time does the pay cover? (Payments typically begin the next business day after your last day of work)” What am I entering here. It was a one time lump sum

  13. Hello, I have been laid off due to RIF and will receive a one time payout for severance, when will I be able to collect UI?

    1. Lori,

      Yes, you can be eligible to claim Unemployment Insurance after the payout. Please consider applying until you find employment.

    1. William,

      If you’re on the “Bench” or not receiving a salary, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  14. I was fired on Tuesday June 25 th 2019.
    I sign the paper under derist.
    The company that I worked for was ( M.L.S. ) Which stand for Managed Labor Solutions.
    They never told me to whom the Manager, was that suppose to of had a talking to.
    My Boss Ivan Olivera known as ( Cesar ). To whom that I did not know, who he was for 6 months.

    1. Tammy,

      Please let us know how we can help you. If you were fired involuntarily, please consider applying for Unemployment Insurance.

  15. My employer requested me to resign and I refused. My employer still let me go and is insisting that I had resign. Do I qualify for benefits?

    1. Jen,

      If you were asked to leave to involuntary reasons such as layoffs, you can be eligible to claim unemployment benefits until you become employed again.

  16. I have a buddy got lay off too have eye surgery . Will be rehired when DR. release but can’t get help from unemployment some have answer

    1. Tim,

      If the cause of the eye surgery is work-related, your buddy can explore Workers Comp. benefits. Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to no fault of their own.

  17. Hello I recently started and job on April 22 of this year and it has not been 90 days for me. I have a good feeling the my job is about to lay me off be of me not returning to work in time even though I have a doctors note stated for to be off for at least 2 day from work. can I be able to apply for unemployment and get approve.

    1. Jae,

      Please note Unemployment insurance benefits are only offered to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  18. My boyfriend works for a company that often does not produce his paycheck on the designated pay day and when they do, the check is often for less hours worked (he has a copy of the time card) or for a lesser rate of pay. His boss even reduced the pay rate retroactively from the week before with no notice. today the owner did not show and did not provide any compensation. People can’t live like this and right now he is owed for 58 hours of work. Is my boyfriend eligible to file an unemployment claim because after all, is he still employed if he’s not being paid? Last time I looked, slavery was abolished.

    1. Bobbi,

      He should be able to file for partial UI benefits. Please ask him to speak to the Unemployment Office for clarity.

  19. I was recently laid off, but was offered a temp job (about a month’s worth of work) which I have’t started yet, can I still apply for unemployment for my previous employer?

  20. I was laid off due to a reduction in work force, I was offer a new job in meantime, and I took it I have been there 4 weeks now
    but I been told that I am not fast, and I need to pick up the speed, if they let me go, can I collect?

    1. Laurie,

      UIB is offered to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons such as ‘layoffs’. Reasons such as performance issues are not considered. Please check with the Unemployment Office.

  21. How long will it take to receive my first check after applying?
    Can I apply a month or two after losing my job?
    If I get approved but don’t make the claim for the first few weeks, will I still have the benefits available again after that?
    If I was laid off and then make $250 in a week working part-time, am I still eligible to receive a check?

    1. Augustine,

      You can apply right away. We suggest you apply immediately after losing employment. The ‘Initial Claim’ takes 7-10 days to be processed. This period is also known as the Waiting Week. With regard to your question on eligibility, please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  22. We had a Contract for Services with a caretaker for my uncle effective 11/1/15. He died on 9/14/16. We did not anticipate having to provide unemployment benefits under this agreement. We received a notice from the IRS that we owe FUTA tax. Now, what? Thanks!

  23. See I don’t understand I did everything they said look for job everyday still no luck so now it’s just like oh well you’re on your own you’re not helping anybody I don’t understand I can’t file for another 7 months what am I supposed to do till then

  24. Hello,

    I was partially working while on unemployment from being laid off from another job and the job I was partially working for said I quit when I didn’t, so UC said I had to repay the money I was paid while being laid off from the other job. That was 10 years ago. Do I still owe the money? Is there a statute of limitations on repayment?

    1. Jen,

      You will be required to repay the amount partly or in full. For more information including the terms, please contact the Unemployment Office.

  25. Hi actually I don’t live in Florida now and I need a negative document of unemployment how I can’t do that online?

  26. Hi, my job terminated me, they said I didn’t report on time that I got injured. I did comment to my supervisor he didn’t do anything I end up again in the er with a lot of pain and that’s when he reported. can I file unemployment i work 7 month.

    1. Jen,

      If you can prove you were wrongfully terminated in case of a dispute, please go ahead and apply for UI benefits until you get another job.

  27. I have just lost my job due to a vehicular breakdown that I cannot afford to repair or replace (no one lives close enough to provide a ride to and from). Can I collect benefits while I attempt to resolve this issue and how do I do so with neither vehicle nor bank account?

  28. My boss recently terminated me said that him and the staff decided it was just not working out which I was performing job good I been doing this for over three years with another company before coming to theirs so I know I’m capable of the duties but believe it was more personal reasons because I’m all about work rather than play. Can I file for unemployment also I was not written up nor verbal conversations prior?

    1. Kimberly,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons.

    2. my job fired me because I bought a chicken wings and then they said that the label said brown gravy and I didn’t look at the label or the reciept and so they they fired me on January 21,2019 at 7:00pm I was working at Walmart on beach and Hodges……for dump stuff and I been with Walmart over 9 yrs and I was going on 10 years on may……..

      1. Scarlett,

        Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. If you think your employment was wrongfully terminated, please consider filing for UI benefits.

  29. I have worked for a company in Minnesota remotely for 3 years. I moved down to Florida in May 14, 2018 and I am looking at losing my job. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits in Florida?

    1. Patricia,

      If the job loss is due to involuntary reasons such as Layoffs, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits until you find employment.

  30. I quit my job to go back to nursing school full time. I do not work at all due to the amount of time at school and studying. Can I file for unemployment?

    1. Julia,

      You may not qualify since UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons.

    1. Bob,

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

  31. My husband is being starved out of his job. Demoted, pay cut, and now he is paid by flat rate and they took half the tasks he could do away and gave to other people that are paid hourly. This is all done because the new manager has a personal issue with the promotion my husband recieved by previous manager. He has gone to Hr 3xs due to this manager deliberatley attempting to humiliate him in front of other staff and customers and deliberately making it impossible for him to get his billable hours putting in twice the time and isworking 6 days a week. If he quits can he receive unemployment?

    1. Cinda,

      Firstly, please ask your husband to call the Unemployment Office to determine eligibility. Secondly, ask him to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute from his employer at the time of processing the claim application.

  32. I have been advised of getting laid off in about 4 weeks. They are giving severance for 11 weeks (number of completed years with company). Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while collecting severance.

  33. I filed for unemployment in Florida. My employer never answered fact finding from unemployment. I was awarded benefits and began to receive them. My employer has now filed for appeal. Can an employer not answer any of unemployment’s correspondence then fila an appeal

    1. Richard,

      I don’t think it works that way. If the employer filed an appeal, they are supposed to fulfill all the requirements. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  34. I worked in a dental laboratory for over 6 years, the monosyred Monday apparently made a crown that the owner of the laboratory did not like … he went to my workplace, put his finger on my forehead and lightly pushed me while I He said “use your head” .. I asked him if he wanted me to finish my job and he told me to leave. Can I apply for unemployment benefits?

    1. Lina,

      This sounds strange. If you think you were asked to leave due to involuntary reasons (not your fault), please consider applying for UI benefits until you find employment.

  35. Could you please let me know of one can file an unemployment claim after 16 months of being terminated from the first job and after working for another employer and also losing that job. What is the deadline for filing against the first employer. Thank you!

    1. Natalia,

      To qualify, a claimant is required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters and should have lost job due to involuntary reasons. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more info.

  36. When filing for Florida unemployment and your employer was bought out by another company during your employment, then you are fired. Do you have to file under both companies?

    1. Nichelle,

      Ideally, you should be filing from the old company since they were your actual employers. Please call the Unemployment Office or check with the HR department of your company for further information.

  37. 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?

    1. Leigh,

      Before making a decision, please call the Unemployment Office in your state to understand more.

  38. 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.

    1. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

    1. Felecia,

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

  41. 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?

    1. Jackie,

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

  42. 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.

    1. William,

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

  43. 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?

    1. Shawn,

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

  44. 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

    1. 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.

    1. Maryann,

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

  45. 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.

    1. 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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