Getting Extended Unemployment Benefits in Florida

Recent data shows that the unemployment rates in certain parts of Florida are still higher than the national average. State economists point to the fact that local job creation has been slow. If you live in Florida, are collecting unemployment benefits but are worried about what to do if your unemployment eligibility expires before you've found work, you may be able to receive extended unemployment.

To determine your eligibility for unemployment insurance under the extended benefits program, visit https://www2.myflorida.com/fluid/eb_default.asp. Regardless of whether you've been eligible for unemployment prior, your eligibility under the extended benefits or EB program requires providing new information. If you've been receiving EUC benefits that ended, the forms you need to fill out and return to the state of Florida's Agency for Workforce Innovation in order to qualify for EB, are automatically sent to you.

On December 17, 2010 Governor Charlie Crist signed Executive Order 10-276, which designated that Florida had entered an EB period. Those authorized to receive EB benefits are entitled to receive them until January 7, 2012, as provided under The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.

The EB program pays up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to workers whose previously exhausted regular state and federal EUC or emergency benefits have expired. Since extended benefits in Florida are only paid during EB periods, it's important for you to establish that Florida is in an EB period if you apply past the above specified date.

The weekly benefit amount that you receive in the Florida EB program is the same as the weekly benefit amount you received on your last regular state or EUC claim. EB are issued through direct deposit. You're expected to actively seek job opportunities while collecting them. The exact expectations are that you apply for at least two jobs each week. You're asked for proof of whom you contacted and to keep a record of your job search history.

Of course, getting back to work is the preferred outcome for workers in this program. Florida’s One-Stop Career Centers are, subsequently, in place to support your employment and training needs. Locating the office in your area is as simple at visiting: www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/index.htm.

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