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.


  • Mindy Harnish

    My 62 year old husband was just diagnosed with a compressed disc in his lower back due to many years of being an over the road trucker. The pain did not start when he was on the job, and we filed on my health insurance so he does not qualify for worker’s comp. He could be off for up to 6 weeks and may not be able to return to work at all. I see that Florida unemployment can be paid for medical leave, and that we will probably have to report every week as normal, but what about the 5 job contacts? He was told that his job will be waiting for him but it involves driving and lifting, which he is currently unable to do. I can find no guidance to this question on your web site. Please advise on what we should do to receive benefits.

    • Please link the webpage where you’ve “seen that Florida unemployment can be paid for medical leave.”

      Unemployment benefits are never paid to the disabled. Workmen’s comp would be the only other option.

      FL will establish a claim based on a quit for medical reasons. FL will not pay benefits unless he has a doctor’s release and is Able and Available – able to search for and accept work.

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