Florida Unemployment Insurance Benefits

With a stifled economy showing few positive signs, many individuals are faced with down-sizing employers and lack of work in general. However, unemployment anxiety and worry can be somewhat alleviate through the acquisition of a Florida unemployment insurance benefit. Florida unemployment benefits can act as a protective measure for individuals between jobs.

All claims in the state of Florida for an unemployment benefit are handled by the State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. . All of the forms necessary for filing an initial claim, or requesting a payment, and verifying a job search are found on the website, accompanied by detailed instructions.

Qualifying for Florida unemployment benefits involves several criteria. Applicants must have been paid wages during two calendar quarters during the previous bas period. Florida considers a base period to be the first four quarters of the previous five quarters prior to the claim filing date. In addition, they must have worked consistently during those two quarters, and earned a minimum of at least $3,400.

The first benefits check for those eligible should be received within 4-6 weeks of the initial filing date. The amount of the check is calculated by dividing the quarter in the base period with the highest earnings by 26. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $36, while maximum receivable during any weekly period is $275.

Like most states, Florida requires those receiving an unemployment benefit to actively seek employment on a weekly basis in order to receive continued compensation. Florida is also one of the most active states in the nation when it comes pursuing and punishing those defrauding the state through unemployment benefits. Working while receiving an unemployment benefit is not permitted under any conditions, and can result in a strict financial penalty and up to 6 months in jail.

Again, like most states, Florida provides toll-free assistance to applicants regarding their benefit status.

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