Florida Unemployment Benefits
The first step to take when you need to apply for Florida unemployment compensation benefits is to file an Initial Claim online. The online application for unemployment can be found on the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation website: http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/. Click “File an initial claim”, read the regulations regarding unemployment benefits in Florida. Check the box, indicating you have read and understand the rules, finally begin to answer the questions posed by the state utilizing the information below.
When filing your unemployment application, you will need this information:
- Your Social Security number.
- The name, address, and phone number of all of your employers during the last 18 months.
- The dates you worked for each of these employers.
- Your gross earnings from each employer.
- Your Driver’s License number or State I.D. number.
- Your Alien Registration number and the expiration date of your work permit, if you are not a U.S. citizen.
- Your member 4, DD-214 if you were on active duty in the military in the last two years.
- Your SF-50 or SF-8 form, if you were employed by the federal government in the last two years.
- A check or deposit slip associated with your checking or savings account, if you are interested in setting up direct deposit.
If you are a resident or worker in the state of Florida and are unemployed or partially unemployed, you may be able to receive unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. Visiting a Florida office of unemployment, logging onto their website, or calling the Florida unemployment number is your first step toward determining whether you would be eligible for benefits and for how long.
Claims and information regarding unemployment may be obtained from the Florida unemployment department in person, via the Internet, and over the telephone.
The toll-free number for unemployment compensation is 1-800-204-2418. The phones at the Florida unemployment office answer from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.
When calling to speak with a representative at the Florida department of unemployment, you will need to have some important pieces of information on hand including your Social Security number, your dates of employment, the names and addresses of your employers, gross earnings, and your driver’s license number.
You will also need a pen and paper to write down your claim number and any other pertinent details given to you by the representative at the Florida unemployment agency.
After calling the agency for unemployment at 1-800-204-2418, choose the desired language and then select option two to speak with a claims representative. If you need to change your personal identification number (PIN), select option one.
Any representative at any Florida office unemployment department will be able to answer your questions while walking you through the initial filing process.
The busiest days to call the phone number for unemployment in Florida are on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most people are calling in then to claim their weeks so it is not uncommon to get a busy signal. The absolute best days and times to call Florida’s unemployment numbers is on Wednesdays or Fridays from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and also from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Again, the phone number to unemployment offices in the state of Florida is 1-800-204-2418 and lines answer 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.