Florida unemployment updates

Yesterday, September 21, 2020, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard. As of September 20, DEO has paid 1,990,170 claimants nearly $16.5 billion ($16,491,486,942). Nearly 3.8 million (3,783,220) unique claims have been processed, representing 99.1% of unique claims submitted. 

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UPDATES:

  • In an effort to ensure continued transparency regarding Florida Reemployment Assistance program, the Department continues to review and refine the metrics shared on the Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard.
  • Yesterday, the Department has removed duplicated claimants found in the “Unique Claimants” count, resulting in a decline of unique claimants listed on the Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard. This was because of claimants being counted twice when filing for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
  • In addition, the Department has removed individuals from the “Total Eligible Claims Processed” category that may have originally been monetary eligible, but after further review, have a disqualifying factor (i.e. quit their job, termination, made more than their monetary benefit) that make them ineligible for Reemployment Assistance. 

PANDEMIC EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION:

  • The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, offered through the federal CARES Act and administered by DEO, provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to claimants who exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits. Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once they exhaust the balance of their current claim. Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits or have Reemployment Assistance claims that expired after July 1, 2019, will also be able to apply. 

PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:

  • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that 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 www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply and be considered for PUA. 

ADDITIONAL UPDATES:

  •  Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants for an additional 90 days. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020.
  • Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020. 
  • DEO will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments. CONNECT will be available from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. daily. This schedule does not affect individuals who wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week at www.FloridaJobs.organd select “File a Claim.” 
  • This schedule does not affect individuals who wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week at www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim.”  

HOW TO APPLY FOR REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:

  • DEO has a mobile-friendly online application for individuals filing a new Reemployment Assistance claim available here. For a step by step guide on how to apply read more here. For the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide which includes frequently asked questions, please click here. For additional information about Reemployment Assistance benefits visit www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19


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