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Florida Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in Florida is called Reemployment Assistance (RA). This system provides temporary financial help to qualified individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and who continue to meet eligibility requirements of state law.

When filing a claim, remember to:

  • Accurately report the reason you are unemployed.
  • Report any wages you are earning.
  • Register with Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM).

*To contact EFM, visit: https://www.employflorida.com

  • Be available for work.
  • Be actively searching for work.
  • Develop an effective work search strategy.
  • Report if you are back to work.

If you are fired, quit your job or refuse work, you must report it to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, so a determination of eligibility for benefits can be made. In most cases, a worker must be out of work through no fault of their own to be eligible for benefits without penalty. When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. However, the Department will have final say on your eligibility. If you have been laid off, there is no penalty or reduction in unemployment benefits.

To file a RA claim, you must do so online via CONNECT, Florida’s Online Reemployment Assistance System.

Some individuals may be exempt from filing a claim online. For a list of all applicable exemptions, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org

After you file your claim, you will receive a confirmation that your claim has been received and instructions for the Initial Skills Review. If your claim is approved, your benefits will begin on the day your application is completed. It takes about three to four weeks to receive your first benefit payment.

You must remain eligible to keep claiming benefits. After you file your initial claim, you will need to “Claim Your Weeks.” File your claims every two weeks until you are employed or your claim ends. You will also need to keep looking for a job and keep a work search log. You can certify your claims online using CONNECT.

To access CONNECT, visit: https://connect.myflorida.com

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Under The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974, the President is authorized to provide benefit assistance to individuals unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster.

To learn more about this program, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org

Trade Readjustment Allowance

This is a federal program established under the Trade Act of 1974 that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.

The program provides cash benefits that can help with training, job search, relocation allowances, and other reemployment services.

To learn more, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org

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