How to File For Florida Unemployment Compensation

This page has been created as a resource to assist you in your filing for
Florida unemployment compensation benefits. After reading the following,
you will know if you qualify for unemployment benefits, how to apply for
benefits, when to expect receiving unemployment benefits as well as
understand how long your unemployment benefits will last.

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Florida Unemployment Benefits

The State of Florida provides unemployment compensation (UC) benefits to help Florida citizens get back on the road to re-employment. Unemployment compensation is temporary financial assistance for workers who have lost their jobs but are able to work, available for work and actively seeking work.

Do I qualify to receive Florida unemployment compensation?
In order to qualify for unemployment benefits, you must:

  • Have lost your most recent job through no fault of your own
  • Be actively seeking for a new job
  • Be ready to accept / take a new job when offered to you
  • Meet certain wage requirement(s) based on your previous positions

    How do I apply for Florida unemployment benefits?
    You can easily file electronically for Florida unemployment compensation benefits via the Florida Internet Claims Filing system by clicking the link below. Effective August 1, 2011, you will no longer be able to file by telephone or email.

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    Can I file a Florida unemployment claim on my own?
    Any individual who is currently unemployed or partially unemployed may file a claim. Two specific determinations must be made on your claim to determine your eligibility. The first determination will advise the individual if you've had sufficient work and earnings in Florida to establish a monetarily eligible unemployment claim. A monetarily eligible claim does not necessarily mean that you are eligible to receive benefits. The second determination pertains to the separation from the last or possibly next to the last employer. The reason for separation from the last employer, possibly the next to the last employer and other eligibility requirements must be examined to determine if you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. This second determination will not be issued until the unemployment claim is filed and the claimant has actually certified for weeks of unemployment.

    Eligibility for benefits is determined in accordance with Florida Statutes Chapter 443. The information concerning F.S. Chapter 443 can be accessed on the Internet by clicking here.

    How soon will I receive Florida unemployment benefits after filing?
    After your initial filing for unemployment benefits, it typically takes three to four weeks to receive your first payment unemployment check from the State of Florida. Please note that after you file your initial claim, you will need to certify every two weeks online that you are actively searching for a new job or career.

    How long will my Florida unemployment benefits last?
    Effective January 1, 2012:

  • The duration of benefits adjusts from the current maximum of 26 weeks to a range from 12 to 23 weeks, based upon the average
        unemployment rate in Florida for the third calendar quarter of the previous year.
  • For example, the maximum number of weeks for 2012 will be based on the average unemployment rate in Florida for July, August and
        September 2011.
  • When the average unemployment rate is 5 percent or less, the maximum duration of benefits will be 12 weeks.
  • For each half-percent increase in the average unemployment, an additional week will be added to the calculation of the benefit duration
        beginning January 1 of the following calendar year.
  • Should the average unemployment rate reach 10.5 percent or higher, a maximum of 23 weeks would be payable on a claim established during
        the following calendar year.

    When will the State agency calculate the average unemployment rate and the maximum number of weeks available?
    The average unemployment rate will be calculated once per year - on the third Friday in November using the average unemployment rate for the 3rd quarter of that year. Once that rate is determined, that rate will establish the level of benefits for the next calendar year.

    Will federal extensions of benefits be affected by this new law?

    The change in the duration of unemployment compensation benefits is effective as of January 1, 2012. Therefore, this legislation will not affect claimants currently receiving benefits through federal extensions. The current eligibility period for claimants entering Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) ends December 25, 2011, and continued eligibility for EUC and Extended Benefits (EB) ends on January 1, 2012. Any EUC tier generated prior to January 2, 2012 will not be affected by this new law.

    The last payable EUC week is the week ending is June 9, 2012. The last payable EB week is the week ending January 7, 2012.

    Unemployment Compensation Forms:
    Adjudication, Appeals, Benefit Payment Control, Claims, Debit Card, Short Time Compensation, Special Programs DUA, Trade Readjustment Assistance and Unemployment Appeals Commission forms are available via the link below:

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