Florida Unemployment Benefits – For all Citizens of Florida who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own (either laid off, not quit or fired) can now submit their Florida Unemployment Benefits Application form at Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Provided you meet all the Florida unemployment requirements, you will receive benefits every two weeks until you find a job.
To qualify for Florida unemployment benefits, you must meet up with some specific criteria. On this page, you will learn how to go about the Florida Unemployment Benefits Application process, the Unemployment benefits eligibility and as well other information you need to know about your benefits.
Florida Unemployment Benefits Eligibility
To be eligible for Florida unemployment benefits, you must meet several criteria:
- You must have lost your job through no fault of your own, so you must not have quit for personal reasons or been terminated for malicious misconduct (poor job performance does not disqualify you);
- You must be entirely or partially unemployed;
- To be eligible, you need to have earned at least $2,500 in wages during your standard base period.
- Applicant must have a minimum amount of wages earned in what is called the “base period,” which is the first four complete quarters beginning 18 months before your claim;
- You must be able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work. These include being able to get a job and have child care if necessary.
Documents Needed to file Florida Unemployment Claim
Before you file an unemployment claim, make sure you have several pieces of information at hand like:
- Social Security number
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers for each of your employers during the last 18 months
- Dates worked and total wages from each employer during the last 18 months.
- If a member of a labor union, the name and local number of your labor union hall
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, your Alien Registration Number, and work permit expiration date
- ID — either a driver’s license, state identification, voter registration number, or any other type of ID that can be used to verify your identity
- If you were in the military within the last two years, your DD-214 form.
- If you were a federal employee, your Form SF-50 or Form SF-8 and check stubs or W2 proof of earnings
- To have your benefits directly deposited into your bank account, a check or deposit slip.
Florida Unemployment Benefits Application
To File a Florida Unemployment Claim, Visit https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant and register for MyUI Claimant. However, you can also file a claim through the state’s File-a-Claim call center by calling a Florida Unemployment number: 1-800-204-2418.
NOTE – When you call the FL unemployment phone number, make sure that you have the following information:
1. Social security number.
2. Dates of employment.
3. A pen or pencil, and paper – to take notes.
The phone lines are available Monday and Tuesday, 1 to 4 pm, and Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm.
If you need further help, you can visit a Florida unemployment office, and their representative will help you with the application process, or answer any questions you have.