File and Collect Florida Unemployment

The tough Florida economy has had a negative effect on everyone, especially on the average worker. Many Floridians have lost their jobs, so the State of Florida has set up a system to file for unemployment. If you have been laid off or lost your job in Florida, there is hope. Here is a way to collect unemployment in Florida.

How to collect unemployment in Florida
The system is called the Unemployment Compensation Program in the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. Initially, to file unemployment, you will need to collect certain information about you and your previous employers such as:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your employers’ names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your employers for the last 18 months.
  • Your dates of employment and gross earnings from each employer.
  • Your earnings this week since Sunday at midnight, if any.
  • Your state identification (like a driver’s license or state I.D.)
  • Your union hall’s name and phone number (if any).
  • Your Alien Registration Number and work permit expiration date (if any).
  • Your DD-214, if you are a veteran.
  • Your SF-50 form or SF-8 form as proof of earnings if you were a federal employee.

Once your information is gathered, you may begin your initial unemployment file. The State of Florida will determine your eligibility and amount of compensation based on your previous wages. Filing for unemployment should be begin as soon as you know you are going to lose your job, so that the State of Florida can provide benefits that you may need until you find other work.

You can begin filing unemployment online. The State of Florida also has a hotline you can call with any questions. Florida unemployment filing is pretty straightforward once you have all of the information, but you may have additional questions that are special to your situation. Filling for unemployment is something that has happened a lot with the recent economic fallout, and thousands of Floridians have collected unemployment benefits. You are not alone!

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