3-Step Guide: How to File for Unemployment Online in Florida

This article details how to file for unemployment online in Florida in three steps.

Quick Links (BOOKMARK THESE!):

Step 1: File for unemployment here: https://connect.myflorida.com/

Step 2: Register and complete your Employ Florida account profile here: https://www.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx

Step 3: Track jobs you’ve applied to here: https://www.google.com/sheets/about/

Step 1 – Apply Online at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

At the time of publishing this article, we are currently in a wordwide economic crisis thanks to COVID-19. As a result of the Coronavirus, millions of people have lost their jobs and have had to file for unemployment in their respective state.

If you’re reading this during the crisis, you may find that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity website is not working. This is because there are so many people filing at the same time, their servers could not handle that many visitors.

Currently, the Florida unemployment website is crashing intermittently. Still, it’s important to file for unemployment as soon as possible.

When filing for unemployment in Florida you’ll need to have two things handy:

  1. Your social security number
  2. W2’s from all previous employers within the last year

Click the link below to file for unemployment.

Link: https://connect.myflorida.com/

Step 2 – Register for an Employ Florida Account

This is where you’ll need to fill out more information about your job history and current skills.

In order to receive Florida unemployment benefits, you’ll need to fill out the dashboard and Self Assessment sections.

Link: https://www.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx

Step 3 (Optional But Highly Recommended) – Track Jobs You’ve Applied To 

When you apply for Florida unemployment benefits, one of the requirements is that you’ll need to seek employment with at least 5 employers every week.

Every time you request benefits (every two weeks), you’ll need to input some information about the places you’ve applied to. This information includes details like the date applied, company name, and a link to the job listing if you applied online.

A great way to keep track of this is to make a simple spreadsheet. This way you can keep track of the details as you apply, and when the time comes to request benefits, you can refer to a spreadsheet to fill in the details.

The following link is to a free service from Google called Google Sheets. However, any spreadsheet program will do (i.e. Microsoft Excel).

I personally prefer Google Sheets for tracking things so that’s what I suggest.

Link: https://www.google.com/sheets/about/

What If the Florida DOE Website Isn’t Working?

If you’ve been trying for more than an hour to apply online but the Florida DOE website isn’t working, consider downloading a paper application and mail it in.

The Florida DOE actually tweeted about this since their servers keep crashing.

Filling out a paper application may be the best option for you if you can’t access the website or have trouble navigating the internet.

Click here to download an application in english.

Paper applications should be mailed to the following address:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

The Florida DOE also has paper applications available in Spanish and Creole. Click here to see them.

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