Florida Makes Filing for Unemployment Compensation Easy

Filing for unemployment compensation in the state of Florida can be done online by going to http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/ and selecting “File an Initial Claim”. The online process takes you through several screens where they will collect information pertaining to your previous employment and personal information regarding your social security number and driver’s license number.

When you file for Florida unemployment claims, you must agree that the statements you make regarding your application for unemployment compensation are true and correct. Any false statements made to receive unearned benefits make you subject to federal penalty.

Your Florida compensation unemployment benefit period starts on the day that you complete your application. When you are using the online form, you have 72 hours to complete the form, or you must start over. It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete the online form and once it is finished and submitted you will receive a confirmation screen and number to use as reference for your Florida claim for unemployment.

If you are unable to submit your application online, you may contact unemployment in Florida by calling 1-800-204-2418 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST for assistance. All voice telephone numbers may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

Your benefits will be paid by direct deposit into your bank account or as a secure Unemployment Compensation Debit Card. More information on the debit card can be found here http://www.floridajobs.org/.

Job placement and job resources are available through the One-Stop Center, which can be found here http://www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/index.htm.

Frequently asked questions are answered on the Workforce website for Florida unemployment compensation http://www.floridajobs.org/applications/ucfaq/. This website will tell you who can claim unemployment in Florida and how to file an unemployment claim in Florida.

Any time after you have filed for unemployment compensation in the state of Florida you may return to the website to check on your status and other information regarding your claim. In the event that you exhaust your benefits, you may file for extended benefits at the same website as your initial claim.

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