Links and Tips for Filing Florida Unemployment Assistance
- Social Security number, Driver’s License or a form of Official ID, employer name (as listed on paystub), first and last day of employment, gross earnings (before taxes are taken out)
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Number and your work permit expiration date
- For direct deposit, you will need your bank routing number and your bank account number
- If you do not have a bank account, request benefits on a debit card
- Unemployment checks may also be mailed to you; however, this will take longer
FloridaJobsResources.com has information regarding benefits and a link to a number of instructional videos
Please note that both the work search and registration with Employ Florida requirements have been suspended through the week ending May 2, 2020
The one week waiting period for benefits to begin has been waived and the length of benefits has been extended from 12 weeks to 16 weeks to the beginning of July.
Due to the overwhelming number of applicants, these processes are likely to be slower than usual so please be patient
To file electronically:
- For new applicants, go to FloridaJobsResources.com for a mobile friendly, desktop or laptop application. For users who have already applied, log on to: Connect.MyFlorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX on a laptop or desktop (mobile devices are not supported)
- Choose your preferred language, then read the directions carefully and follow the prompts
- Here is a link to a helpful video for applications using a desktop: youtu.be/XeLHhkIzWps
To file by mail:
- Obtain a paper application from any Monroe County Library, the Gato Building and Harvey Government Center in Key West, Bernstein Park on Stock Island, Big Pine Park and Commissioner Coldiron’s office on Ship’s Way on Big Pine Key, the Marathon Government Center, and Representative Raschein’s office in Key Largo – forms will be left outside these locations in a pickup box
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper copy be mailed to you
- Download the application at: FloridaJobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/rapaperapplication
Paper applications may take longer to process
Residents needing assistance with the paper application may email ApplicationAssistance@KeysUnitedWay.org and a volunteer will be able to assist
To file via telephone:
- Call 1-800-204-2418 and follow the prompts
- For assistance with language translation, call 1-800-681-8102
After You Apply:
- Watch the “After Filing Your Claim” video with helpful information on what to do next.
- Watch “Requesting Your Benefit Payments” video on how to make your request through CONNECT on a biweekly basis.
- Watch “The Adjudication Process” video on what happens to claims during this process.
- Watch “The Appeals Process” video on what to do if your benefits have been determined ineligible.
- Watch “The Overpayment and Fraud” video to make sure you follow proper procedures in order to ensure correct payment of benefits and to prevent fraud.