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How Long Can I Collect Unemployment In Florida?

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The standard length of time that the state of Florida will allow unemployment payments is 26 weeks.  This is the amount of time allowed by the state to be looking for work whilst claiming.  Following the 26 weeks of standard unemployment payments you may be entitled to an extension, provided you are still looking for work. 
The extensions to unemployment payments are tiered depending on your circumstances.  For more information on the tiers and extensions available you will need to contact the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.  The website for this service is floridajobs.org/unemployment.  The extension could allow you to be able to claim unemployment payments for a further 33 weeks, making 59 weeks in total.  As previously stated, you may not be eligible for the maximum payment extension so you would need to apply through the above website to view your personal extension period. 
Claiming unemployment is based on following certain rules, such as being physically able to work, actively searching for jobs and keeping a record of your search.  You must also be available to file a weekly certification for your ongoing unemployment claim.  It is also worth noting that you will not be eligible for unemployment payments in Florida if you quit or were fired from your previous job.  Rather unemployment should be through no fault of your own. 
Florida State will ensure that you apply for a minimum of two jobs per week to continue to be eligible for unemployment payments.  To qualify for payments it is also assumed that you have been working in Florida for long enough to be able to cover the minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax, this must be done within the last 18 months of your claim.
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Anonymous answered
As of 3-18-10 you can collect Unemployment checks for 99 weeks.  NICE
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How much you collect is based in part on how much you put in.  My husband has been claiming unemployed a total of 78 weeks and can still claim.  A former coworkers husband on the other hand only was able to claim for 1 year.  When he called asking about extensions and pointing out my husbands situation w/o naming names the lady on the line explained how long he can claim is dependent on how long you worked at your prev employer.
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Anonymous answered
I think the minimum is 6 months but this could be changed based on the circumstances.
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I know with the extensions that have been put into place my question is how long from your initial unemployment claim can you continue to draw unemployment?
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chris charvat answered
How many weeks of unemployment is available as of january 2011 I worked 3 years and 5 months strait before being laid off

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