Friday, December 10, 2010

How to File an Unemployment Compensation Claim in Florida

For most people, losing a job is a traumatic experience. During the event and for some length of time, one can encounter a mixture of emotions which might include depression, confusion, rage and even shame. It’s important to understand that everyone goes through this phase and that it is normal. Equally as important is the need to secure financial resources to weather the sudden change. In Florida, as with many other states, unemployment compensation can help with immediate financial needs until new employment can be found. This article will explain the steps necessary to file a new unemployment compensation claim in Florida.

Gather your documentation. In order to file a claim, you will need to have the following items ready, prior to filing your claim: Florida driver’s license, Social Security card, final paycheck stub, previous employer information and any termination paperwork provided by your previous employer.

Select how you will file your claim. In Florida, you can file a claim by phone, mail or via the Internet. All three options offer the same claim form procedure and require the same information.

File a claim by phone. To file a claim by phone, simply dial 1-800-204-2418. This number can be used from anywhere in the state of Florida and will connect you to the automated claim system. This system will guide you through a series of steps to complete your claim.

File a claim by mail. To file a claim by mail, you will need to obtain a claim booklet from a One Stop Career Center. The location of your nearest center can be found via the following website: Once completed, mail the application to the address noted in the instructions.

File a claim via the Internet. Since the Internet is available 24 hours per day, it is often the easiest way to file a claim. To file a claim via the Internet, go to the following website: There you will find the necessary online forms and instructions to guide you through the process.

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