How to File for Florida Unemployment

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If you lose your job in Florida, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
If you lose your job in Florida, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Unemployment insurance exists to meet the needs of workers who have been terminated from employment through no fault of their own. If you feel you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits and live in the state of Florida, you just need to walk through a few steps to apply.

Things You'll Need

  • First and last date of employment
  • Last couple of paycheck stubs
  • Identification card, such as a driver's license
  • Name and local number of your union, if applicable
  • Alien Registration Number or work permit, if you are not a citizen
  • DD-214 if you are a member of the military

Decide how you would like to file your unemployment claim.In the state of Florida, you can file your claim on the Internet, by mail, by fax or by telephone.

If you decide to file your claim by Internet, click on the link in the References section and select the Internet Unemployment Compensation Claim Application

To file by telephone, call 800-204-2418. An automated system will guide you along the process of filing your claim. You will then be connected to a customer service representative to complete the final process.

If you are filing your unemployment by fax or by mail, be sure make a copy of your forms and keep the originals for your files. Only mail in the copies. Allow seven days after mailing in your documents or five days after faxing in your documents, then call 800-204-2418 to access your PIN number.

Tips & Warnings

  • Filing for unemployment varies from state to state. In general, you can qualify for unemployment benefits if you were fired for reasons that fall short of intentional misconduct. If you quit, you may need to prove that your work conditions were inhospitable, or that you were otherwise unable to continue working for your former employer.

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