Re Opening Unemployment Claim in Florida

During the course of receiving weekly UI payments, there are chances that you may land a job and start working. During this phase, you are expected to stop make weekly claims as you’re no longer unemployed. There are chances that you may separate from the new job during the same benefit year and your obvious option will be to reapply for unemployment if there are benefit weeks remaining in your account.Job Interview

You’ve heard it right. States in the US allow you to re claim UI benefits. Lets say you were approved for 24 weeks and you claimed only 5 weeks of monetary benefits and landed a job, the payment stops. If for any involuntary reason, you lose the recent most job, you are eligible to claim the remainder, i,e 19 weeks in this case. If the benefit year ended and there are weeks still remaining in the account, you are eligible to reapply.

Paperwork Requirement for Re Claiming  Unemployment Benefits

Before you get in touch with the labor department in your state, be prepared. Below is the list of documents you must keep in place.

  • Social security number
  • Alien Registration Card no. if you are not a citizen of the U.S
  • Driver’s license
  • Contact phone number and e mail id.
  • Mailing address with zip code
  • Details of your previous and specifically the last employer
  • For federal employees, copies of SF8 and SF50
  • For military service, your most recent separation form (DD214)

If you were recently unemployed and have never filed a claim before, determine unemployment eligibility in Florida before applying.

How to Reopen A Claim In Florida

If the benefit year has not expired, you can easily reopen the existing claim. Quickly gather the required details and get online.

The claim can be filed 24/7 on


Visit One Stop Career center in your locality. You can use a computer available there to file a claim.


Call 1-800-204-2418 and speak to a claims specialist.

The good part about reopening a claim is that you don’t have to serve the waiting week. It will be considered as continuation of an existing claim.This procedure is as good as it was was previously. Sometimes in some cases, there can human intervention in terms of a counsellor assisting you in reopening a claim or giving you further instructions.

Should you have any queries or need guidance on any aspect of  claiming unemployment benefits , feel free to contact the unemployment benefits assistance forum in Florida.

Denial of Claims

There can be denial of claims due to several reasons. The most common reason seen is failure on the part of the unemployment agency to determine if you lost the job due to no fault of yours or not earning enough wages in the base period.

You can always ask the agency to revisit the claim or if need be, ask for an adjudicator. Each state has a clearly laid out mechanism in this regard.

A Little Bit of Advice

We understand that it can be difficult, especially if you are  re claiming unemployment benefits after a short period of employment. Remain positive, network with friends and family who will not only support you in this time but may also help you find a job.

You should also scout for jobs on various portals, make calls and make use of job assistance programs offered by the department of labor in Florida. Best wishes !

22 Responses to “Re Opening Unemployment Claim in Florida”

  • I quit my job in Mn. 4.11.14 to move to Florida. We arrived on 4.27.14. I have been diligently looking for a job here since the middle of May. I have unable to land a job despite applying for about 20 jobs. I continue to search at this time. I want to know if I qualify for unemployment benefits, and if so how do I apply. Thank You, Michelle Gunderson 612.998.4614

  • Sherry Ann Graham says:

    My job was impacted on 09/29/14. I started collecting unemployment October 24, 2014 and this week I was only paid one week. I was only paid 16 weeks and Florida Unemployment tells me that I only had $4100 to collect. I have been working at Diageo for 12 years and I have never collected unemployment. I worked at Sunglass Hut for 4 years and Racal Datacom for 17 years. Due to the severance package I never had to collect unemployment and I was able to find a job quickly. I have been looking for a job on a daily basis and submitting applications and I am either overqualified or there is no interest. Can you please let me know if I can qualify for further unemployment benefits.

    Thank you in advance, Sherry Ann Graham

    • nirmalk says:

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state for availability of any further benefits. Generally, you can collect up to 26 weeks of regular benefits.

  • koddie says:

    how do i file for extended benefits

    • nirmalk says:


      No federal extensions are available.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state for additional or other form of benefits.

  • Bruce Weaver says:

    I have been waiting patiently for my benefits to come in and I have received no reply other than a formed letter four weeks ago, stating that I was eligible to receive benefits again after losing my job at Cornerstone Academy.
    This office then sent me an e-mail claiming that I was being reviewed for benefits due to problems with Cornerstone Academy. I diligently filled out all necessary forms and I sent them to this office three weeks ago.
    Since then I have heard nothing. I have put on computer all of the places that I worked as requested, every two weeks, including any and all job interviews that I have had, mainly from the Polk County School Board. I have heard nothing on any decision made, nor have I received any mail pertaining to my case. I would like an answer on if I have been denied, or what the status is. I have been told that in the case of denial, I can go on-line and reapply. I would like some answers, please.

    • Nick says:


      Please call up the claims center on the numbers provided for an update. We do not have access to your records.

  • Please help me to find unemployment file.

  • I move to florida6/20/15 with my husband he transfer here for his job. I was unable to transfer with my company due to no opening at the time. The company I work for has my resume on file if something should open up. Would I qualify for unemployment. I have been looking and have my resume out there. But no luck Yet.w

    • Nick says:

      You will not qualify to receive unemployment insurance since it is only provided to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs.

  • karen aul says:

    i lost my job instantly due to coronavirus. your website is not working. It states I MUST call. no one has answered your phone for over two weeks. just states to go back to online.??? Oi have tried diligently for over 3 weeks now.??? at a loss. especially since offices are closed too

  • I found out my employer has 2 birthdates under my social security number which the SSA has the wrong birth date in their system. When I first applied for benefits I filed with my correct birthdate not knowing the new info and ive been trying to find out how if thats the issue i am having with receiving my benefits and you cannot locate and change info that was put on and also CANNOT CONTACT OR SPEAK TP ANYONE OVER THE PHONE! I contacted my employers dept that handles the unemployment and they said I had to contact the local agency which obviously are closed!!! I have also emailed numerous of times about this issue and still no response. I have been out of work since 03/20/2020.

    • Jacob says:


      Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity (if feasible). You can also try reaching out to the office during non-peak hours.

  • Claudia F Morris says:

    I have filled for unemployment benefits and have not heard from anyone whether I have been approved or denied.

    Would someone please notify me at the above email address?

    Claim #C-326895
    Claudia F. Morris

    Thank you!

    • Jacob says:


      Please note this is a private forum. You can check the claim status online by logging in.

  • Nancy Coin says:

    I have tried every website can’t stay logged on. Can not get through on the phone. I do not have a printer. Fed Ed no where close to me.
    I am the parent of a disabled young adult. I need help. I have to pay for his medications.
    I have been trying since March 26 and now it is a month. I am scared and do not know who can help me because I can not get through to speak with anyone.

    Thank you


    • Jacob says:


      I can understand your situation. There seems to be a problem with the Unemployment Office website. Please check regularly and get someone to help you with your family/friends circle.

  • Jenez says:

    I cannot receive any benefits because of my identity I’m not sure on what step to take to verify my identity as well as how to reopen my claim

  • snipes says:

    I was locked just because i did mistake with my account number.what can i do to reactivate my claim.being calling the custom care number and busy.

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