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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Florida

Hey everyone, today we’re going to talk about unemployment. In case you’re no longer working for any reason, it can be confusing figuring out how to file for unemployment benefits.

Let’s go over the steps to file for unemployment in Florida. First, you need to go to the website and apply for benefits. Make sure you have your IDs and employer information ready. You’ll also need to register for work every week and review your monetary determination. So, let’s go through the process step by step.

Filing a Claim for Re-employment Assistance Benefits

To file a claim, you can use the Connect system, Florida’s online platform for re-employment assistance benefits. Starting from September 2nd, 2021, new sign-in credentials are required for account access. So, you’ll need to create a new account by providing your email, simplification code, setting up a password, and entering your first and last name. Once your account is successfully created, your identity will be verified. You’ll need to select a preferred multi-factor identification method, such as using an authenticator app and scanning the QR code for verification. Then, you’ll be directed to verify your identity with If you already have an account from applications like, you can sign in. Otherwise, create a new account and upload your identification documents. Make sure to do a 2FA for your account using the 2FA authentication. Verify your identity to access state benefits or government services and give permission to share your verified identity. Then, you’ll be directed back to Florida DEO.

Eligibility Requirements for Re-employment Assistance

Before filing a claim, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. You must have sufficient wages (at least $3,400 total) and have been paid for two or more calendar quarters in your base period. You must be partially or totally unemployed through no fault of your own. Your reason for separation from employment may impact your eligibility. You must be able to work, available for work, and actively seeking work by contacting at least five prospective employers. If you live in a county with more than 75,000 residents, you can use the Employee Florida Marketplace to easily contact employers. There are exceptions for union members. You can find more details about eligibility requirements on the Florida Jobs website.

When to File for Re-employment Assistance

Make sure you wait until you are completely unemployed before filing a claim. File during the first calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) that you do not expect to work full time or earn more than $274 gross. If you worked in a state other than Florida, you may need to apply for unemployment benefits in that state instead.

Determination of Re-employment Assistance Benefits

The calculation of your re-employment assistance benefits can be done manually or using an online calculator specific to Florida. You will need to enter your wages to determine the amount you will receive each week.

Filing a New Claim and Weekly Work Requirements

Now, let’s start the re-employment assistance application. You need to be aware of re-employment assistance fraud and the consequences of providing false information or withholding information. Report all work, including self-employment, and adhere to the work search requirements. When filing for benefits, you will need to provide your social security number and other identification documents. If you are a furloughed worker, apply for unemployment benefits as soon as possible, and keep in mind the waiting week for the first week of the new benefit year.

Workforce Registration and Job Search

To maintain your eligibility for benefit payments, you must complete your work registration with Workforce Services via the Employee Florida Marketplace. This includes creating a profile, uploading a resume, and completing job searches. You are required to submit a minimum of five work search contacts or visit a Career Source Center every week. Make sure to report all earnings and work diligently to find new employment. Your benefit payments may be delayed or denied if you fail to fulfill these requirements.

In summary, filing for unemployment benefits in Florida requires creating a new account on the Connect system, verifying your identity through, meeting eligibility requirements, and completing weekly work search requirements. Remember to file your claim during the appropriate time frame and report all work accurately. Use the Employee Florida Marketplace and other job search platforms to find employment opportunities. Good luck in your job search!

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