The outbreak of the pandemic has left behind a major labor crisis. Here’s how you can check and claim unemployment benefits in Florida.
The pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the United States, as, along with the more than seven million people infected and 200,000 deaths, the outbreak also brought with it a major economic and employment crisis.
In the case of Florida, as well as other states, the citizens of the city of the sun have repeatedly complained about the inefficiency and the obstacles that arise when claiming unemployment assistance. That is why here we explain how you can check the status of your application, as well as the claim of your payment.
If you are applying for unemployment assistance, you must first check to see if you are eligible. To be eligible for unemployment benefits in Florida, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have lost your job through no fault of your own
- You may be totally or partially unemployed (with reduced hours or a part-time worker who cannot find additional work)
- You must have earned at least $3,400 gross during the “base period,” that is, during the first four full quarters beginning 18 months before the claim
- You must be available to work and actively seek work
Florida Unemployment Assistance: Website, how to check status and how to claim money
However, if you are eligible and want to file your claim for unemployment benefits, you can do so through the State of Florida’s CONNECT website (step by step what you have to do in our tutorials), where you can check the status of your application as well as your payment. Please note that you will need the following information to complete your application.
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s license or state identification number
- Information about your employment during the last 18 months (gross income and reasons for leaving)
- Please note that the application process usually takes about an hour to complete, however, due to high demand, the website is experiencing some problems, so it may take longer than expected.
If you need personalized attention, we recommend you contact the Florida Reemployment Assistance Hotline ( 1-800-204-2418 ).