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Unemployment Insurance

UI Benefits are administered by states. If you lost your job March 9th or after, your benefits will be retroactively distributed to you.


What Is It?

“Unemployment insurance payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Each state sets its own additional requirements for eligibility, benefit amounts, and length of time benefits can be paid.

Generally, benefits are based on a percentage of your earnings over a recent 52-week period, and each state sets a maximum amount. Benefits are subject to federal and most state income taxes and must be reported on your income tax return. You may choose to have the tax withheld from your payment.”

  • Provides temporary, partial wage replacement benefits to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own

  • Supports economic stability for employers who depend on consumer spending

  • Funded solely by employers who pay federal and state payroll taxes

  • Provided at no cost to the workers who receive the benefits



Applications are available by phone, electronically, or paper.


Online: RA claims are handled through CONNECT at http:///

Or the DEO website,*/!STANDARD


Phone: 1-800-204-2418, or for assistance with language translation, call 1-800-681-8102


File by Mail: Contact: to request a paper copy to be mailed to you


Or download the application at:


Residents needing assistance with the paper application may email and a United Way volunteer will be able to assist. 


People who need assistance filing a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities may call



Check out the Department of Labor’s UI Fact Sheet:


Or United Way’s “Links and Tips”:


Or their FAQ’s page at:


For an in-depth overview: State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program Reemployment Assistance Handbook