What is Florida Unemployment Insurance Benefit?
Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law. The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.
All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.
If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault on your own.
How to Apply for Florida Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for Florida Unemployment Benefits using the following methods.
- Initial claims are filed online using CONNECT. Claimants will have to register for a claimant account either as an existing or new claimant and create a personal identification number (PIN). Once an account has been created, the claimant can start the initial claim process.
- People who need assistance filing a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities may call: 800.681.8102.
How much is Florida Unemployment Benefit?
Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months. The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.
The maximum weekly Florida Unemployment Benefit is $275. You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.
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How long can you receive Florida Unemployment Benefit?
In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit. During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.
Florida Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:
Contact the Florida Department of Labor at 1-800-204-2418 for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4120