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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

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.

The Department will send by mail a Wage Transcript and Determination within 14 days of receiving your RA application. The determination will include how your total benefit amount is determined, your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), your available credits and your Benefit Year end date.

 

Be Prepared

Have all documents and information necessary in order to not delay the application process.

You will need:

  • Social Security number
  • Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Past employment information (dates worked, name of employer, reason for separation, etc)
  • Work search log

If you need help with your work search log, visit a CareerSource Center near you. For locations, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org

Filling a Claim

To file a RA claim in the state of Florida, you must do so online. Visit CONNECT, Florida’s Online Reemployment Assistance System and start the process. You may click on “File a New Claim” if it’s your first time or log in directly.

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

If you are eligible for an exemption, please call 1-800-681-8102 for more information.

You may not be able to complete a Florida Internet Claim application online, if you are utilizing certain portable electronic devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones, cellular phones, personal communications services (PCS) devices, multifunctional wireless devices, messaging devices, etc.

If you don’t have a computer at home, you can always visit your local CareerSource Center, a public library or community center. To find a CareerSource Center near you, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org

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

After you file a 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.

Individuals must complete all processes listed below, before receiving benefits (unless exempt):

  • Complete Initial Skills Review.
  • Complete Work Registration.
  • Provide a work search record.

The skills review includes an evaluation in subjects such as applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.

When registering for work, you are required to do the following:

  • Provide your valid Social Security number.
  • Create or provide your valid email address.
  • Complete background information including education, employment history and certification or licenses.
  • Create an online resume.

Contact your local CareerSource Center at: http://www.floridajobs.org

You can also register with Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) by visiting: https://www.employflorida.com

Continued Eligibility

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 look for work, visit: https://www.employflorida.com

What You Should Know

 

  • A claim week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
  • It is your responsibility to claim your weeks on or within 14 days from your scheduled claim date.
  • You must certify for your weeks of RA by Internet before payments can be made.
  • You must serve a non-payable waiting week.

You may check the status of your claim online or by phone.

To check your claim status online, visit floridajobs.org, select “Claim your Weeks” and follow the prompts.

To check your claim status over the phone, call 1-800-204-2418.

Help

If you have any questions, contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at 1-800-204-2418.