How to Extend Current Unemployment Benefits in Florida

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If you have exhausted, or are nearing the end of the up-to-79 weeks of standard Florida unemployment insurance and federal emergency unemployment compensation (EUC), you may file for extended unemployment benefits to receive up to 20 weeks of additional unemployment compensation. The length of time for an unemployment benefit extension depends upon the current tier unemployment recipients receive. Tier I recipients are eligible for up to 20 weeks of extended unemployment benefits. Tier II recipients are eligible for up to 14 weeks of additional benefits. Tier III recipients are eligible for up to 13 weeks of additional benefits, and Tier IV recipients are eligible for up to 6 weeks of extended benefits. Residents may apply online for an unemployment benefits extension or in-person at a Florida One-Stop center.

Things You'll Need

  • Pay stubs
  • Income statement
  • W-2
  • Employment history

Visit Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) website (see Resources) or a local One-Stop center, and enter your Social Security Number, check the appropriate authorization check boxes and press “I agree” to begin the extended unemployment benefits application. If you plan to complete an in-person application, bring copies of all required documents to the One-Stop center to complete your application.

Use the required documents such as pay stubs, W-2 forms, and the dates you worked and total earnings from each employer during your most recent employment year to complete the application. If you work during the current week you intend to file an extended benefits claim, even part-time work, you must report your total earnings during this one-week period. Answer all questions on each screen accurately; providing false information on your extended benefits claim is fraud and classified as a third-degree felony.

Write down or print out the confirmation number you receive after submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation number from the online application, your claim has not processed completely. If you complete an in-person application, ask the One-Stop center representative to write down or print out your confirmation number when she finishes processing your claim.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need proof of the unemployment benefits paid before you exhausted your claim, or your general claim history thus far, call the Claims Assistance Center at 800-204-2418 and request a copy of your unemployment claim history.

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