Reemployment Assistance Benefits

FLORIDA’S REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, POPULARLY KNOWN AS “UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE” OR “UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION,” PROVIDES TEMPORARY WAGE BENEFITS FOR THOSE OUT OF WORK THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. IT IS ADMINISTERED BY THE  FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY (DEO).

The fastest and best way to file new claims for Reemployment Assistance is by using DEO’s mobile-friendly application portal. The portal is accessible by mobile phone and desktop computer  at www.FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication

If you filed using the CONNECT system, please be advised that DEO conducts nightly maintenance to process claims and payments. CONNECT is available daily from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m.

This schedule does not affect those filing new claims which may be filed 24 hours a day, seven days per week at FloridaJobs.org by selecting “New Applicants”

Visit Keep Floridians First for resources for those faced with unemployment due to COVID-19.

WHAT IF I DON’T QUALIFY FOR REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE?

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those who may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s state Reemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply and be considered for PUA.

WHAT IF I’M ELIGIBLE FOR REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BUT MY BENEFITS WILL SOON EXPIRE?

The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now available. This program, offered through the federal CARES Act and administered by DEO, provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to a claimant who has exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits.

Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their current claim is exhausted. Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits or have a Reemployment Assistance claim that expired after July 1, 2019, will also be able to apply.

  • Click here for PEUC Application Process.
  • Click here for PEUC Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Click here for COVID-19 Employment Scenarios.

WHAT IF I  NEED HELP USING THE SYSTEM?

DEO’s Virtual System operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  and weekends from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST.  Contact the following for more information:

If you EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES, we may be able to provide limited assistance. Call 800-434-JOBS

LOCATIONS

Marion County

2703 NE 14th St. Ocala, FL 34470

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(352) 840-5700 | (800) 434-5627

Citrus County

683 S. Adolph Point Lecanto, FL 34461

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(352) 249-3278 | (800) 434-5627

Levy County

2175 NW 11th Dr. Chiefland, FL 32626

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(352) 493-6813 | (800) 434-5627

Corporate Office

3003 SW College Road, Suite 205, Ocala, FL 34474

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(352) 873-7939 | (800) 746-9950