How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Florida?

Florida requires you to have earned a minimum of $3,400 in the entire base period. Further, you must have earned at least 1.5 times your HQW in the entire base period, as well. Your highest quarter wages (HQW) must be at least $2,267. You also must have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period in order to qualify for unemployment insurance.

Florida does not offer extended or alternate base periods.

In Florida an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.