Unemployment benefits available | News

TALLAHASSEE — FloridaCommerce announced that disaster unemployment assistance is available to Florida businesses and residents whose jobs or self-employment were lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Idalia and are not eligible for regular state or federal reemployment assistance.

Eligible Florida residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted directly as a result of Hurricane Idalia are encouraged to apply at www.FloridaJobs.org.

In addition, Florida residents affected by Hurricane Idalia in counties declared a natural disaster by FEMA are temporarily exempt from job search reporting, waiting week and Employ Florida registration requirements for reemployment assistance. By waiving these requirements, eligible Floridians will be able to quickly apply for and receive reemployment assistance and disaster unemployment benefits.

FloridaCommerce is accepting applications in Hernando and Pasco counties.

DUA is available to those who are not eligible for federal or state reemployment assistance and the person meets one of the following requirements:

• Worked or were self-employed, or planned to start work or self-employment;

• Unable to work or perform services due to physical damage or destruction of the workplace as a result of the disaster;

• Can prove that a job or self-employment that they can no longer perform was their main source of income;

• Are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits from any state;

• Inability to perform work or self-employment due to accident injury; or

• Became the breadwinner or main breadwinner of the family due to the death of the head of the family.

DUA is available for unemployment weeks beginning September 3 and ending March 2, 2024, as long as the person’s unemployment continues to result from a disaster in a designated disaster area.

The deadline to apply for DUA is no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 3. Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered untimely and DUA assistance may be denied unless the individual provides good cause.

To file a DUA claim, visit www.FloridaJobs.org or call 1-800-385-3920. Support representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM EST to assist applicants. For information about DUA claims, call 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) to speak with a customer service representative.

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