How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits with the Unemployment Compensation Florida?

Filing unemployment claims in the state of Florida doesn't have to be a hassle. Reviewing the FAQs on the State of Florida website or Connect Florida will provide up to date information and having your information ready to enter also makes applying more streamlined and less frustrating. And if you run into any problems, contacting them is always an option.

Adam Goldkamp is the editor / author responsible for this content.
Apr 28, 2020

If you recently lost your job due to layoffs or any other reasons, this guide can make applying for benefits easier with the Florida Reemployment Assistance program. Simply review the tips and follow the steps outlined below and applying for assistance will be less of an inconvenience.

Eligibility Factors

  1. Your job loss had to occur through no fault of your own, for example quitting without a good reason or being fired due to improper conduct.
  2. You can be completely unemployed or partially unemployed, which means your hours were reduced or you are working part-time and unable to find additional work.
  3. Your gross income is at least $3,400 during the base period before your claim.
  4. You must be willing to seek, be available for, and able to work.

Required Information

  1. Your social security number
  2. Driver's license or state I.D. number
  3. Employment history over the past 18 months, including
    1. Names, addresses, and phone numbers for all employers during that time.
    2. The dates of your first and last day of work, estimations will be enough if you don't recall exact dates.
    3. Your gross pay before taxes and reason for job termination
    4. The FEIN number from your W2 or 1099, or use the details from a pay stub.
    5. If you're not a U.S. citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Number or work authorization form.
    6. If you work for the military, a DD-214 of any member copy 2-8.
    7. If you were a federal employee, then you will need to provide either a Standard Form 8 or 50.
    8. If you're a union member, then your union's name, hall number and phone number are needed.
    9. Your routing and account numbers if you'd like direct deposit, otherwise your benefits are put onto an RA debit card.

How to Apply

  1. All claims must be filed online at on a laptop or PC. Read the brief paragraph and click on the checkbox before clicking the next button. You will need to check the box before the site will let you advance.
  2. On the next page is where you'll find any updates to the application process as well the options to start a new claim or create a new account if you already have filed your claim.
  3. Follow the prompts to start a new claim, or contact the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program here if you have any questions that you're unable to find the answers to.

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