Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - June 29

Jun 29, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued its weekly Reemployment Assistance updates. Daily updates can be found on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard.


  • As of June 28, DEO has paid 2,395,457 claimants more than $30.3 billion ($30,389,989,182). Over 5.5 million (5,548,529) unique claims have been processed, representing 99.1 percent of unique claims submitted. 
  • 97.5 percent of all eligible benefits requested prior to June 4, 2021, for state Reemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have been paid to claimants. Additionally, 99.9 percent of all eligible benefits requested by claimants for weeks of unemployment prior to July 25, 2020, have also received their corresponding Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits for that week. 
  • If a claimant has not received benefits or all of the benefits they believe they are entitled to, they should:
    • Check that they have requested benefits; 
    • Check that the weeks they are requesting are eligible weeks; and 
    • Check that their account information in CONNECT is up-to-date and accurate.
  • DEO recommends that claimants and employers utilize the Reemployment Assistance Help Center—an online portal for claimants and employers to provide and receive additional information from DEO. This online resource continues to be updated with additional features for claimants and employers to notify DEO of instances of Reemployment Assistance fraud or identity theft, provide documentation to DEO, and has several resourceful materials for claimants or employers who have additional questions. To visit the Reemployment Assistance Help Center, click here
  • DEO would like to remind claimants that it is important to continue requesting benefits to receive payment. This video and guide may be helpful. 


Federal Reemployment Assistance Benefits

  • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) programs ended on June 26, 2021, as part of DEO’s ‘Return to Work’ initiative.
  • All eligible claimants requesting benefits for the week ending June 26, 2021, will still receive this payment for that week.
  • The additional Federal Reemployment Assistance benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), are set to expire on September 6, 2021.
  • For more information, click here.


Identity Verification and Identity Theft

  • To prevent the spread of Reemployment Assistance fraud for eligible claimants, some CONNECT accounts may be locked because additional information is needed to confirm your identity.
  • If you have successfully completed the verification process with ID.me, you do not need to re-verify with ID.me.
  • If you’ve already verified your identity with ID.me and your CONNECT account remains locked, claimants now have the ability to notify the Department. Please visit the Reemployment Assistance Help Center, to notify the Department that your Reemployment Assistance claim is locked. In the Reemployment Assistance Help Center, select “I am a Claimant,” and then select “Account Login Assistance,” then select the next series of options that match your login issue to notify the Department.
  • If you have not completed the ID.me verification process, click here.
  • DEO also provided an identity theft toolkit which details what Floridians should do if they are a victim of identity theft and steps they should take to mitigate fraudulent activity on their account. To view the identity theft toolkit, click here.
  • Any new claimant filing for Reemployment Assistance will need to verify their identity through ID.me. For more information about ID.me visit the claimant resource page, here.
  • DEO launched an online fraud form providing Floridians the opportunity to report instances of Reemployment Assistance fraud or identity theft. If someone is aware of any instance of Reemployment Assistance fraud or believes they are a victim of Reemployment Assistance identity theft, please clickhereand select the “Online Fraud Form” to provide the Department with additional information about fraudulent claims. 


  • DEO will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments. CONNECT's regularly scheduled hours are from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. daily, Monday - Friday.
  • Beginning Saturday, July 3, through Sunday, July 4, CONNECT will be unavailable to claimants while the Department works to continue to process payments, and send necessary correspondence to claimants. CONNECT will be available Monday, July 5, at 8:00 a.m.
  • This schedule does not affect individuals who wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week atwww.FloridaJobs.org and select "File a Claim."  

Customer Service Centers

  • Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Centers are available this week Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. for all account inquiries and questions. On Saturday, July 3, through Monday, July 5, staff resources will be dedicated to processing claims and payments. The Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center will reopen Tuesday, July 6, at 7:30 a.m.
  • For additional questions, please visit the Reemployment Assistance Help Center. This online portal can assist claimants or employers provide additional information to DEO. Individuals can also notify DEO of suspected Reemployment Assistance fraud or identity theft. To access this new online portal, click here.

Work Search and Work Registration Requirements

  • Claimants that do not have the ability to enter required weekly work searches, or previously were unable to enter work searches, when requesting their Reemployment Assistance benefits in CONNECT, now have the opportunity to provide the Department with their weekly work searches through the Work Search Form found in the Reemployment Assistance Help Center.
  • It is important to note, in order to complete the Work Search Form, claimants must provide their claim specific “Issue ID.” Issue ID’s can be found in correspondence from the Department or in CONNECT. For more information about how to locate an Issue ID or guidance on completing the Work Search Form, click here.
  • DEO encourages claimants to enter their required work searches if prompted in CONNECT.
  • All claimants, unless otherwise exempt, are now required to submit work searches for every week of state or federal benefits requested. For a step-by-step guide on submitting required work searches, click here.
  • Additionally, all new claimants, unless otherwise exempt, must complete the work registration requirement through Employ Florida. Click here to view instructions on how to register with Employ Florida.
  • An accurate work search record may include, but is not limited to, registering for work and reemployment services with a local CareerSource Center, completing a job application in person or online, mailing a job application or resume, making in-person visits with potential employers, interviewing with potential employers, or registering for work with employment or placement agencies to name a few.
  • Click here for a list of options claimants can consider to meet the work search requirement for each week. To determine how many work searches you will be required to complete, click here.
  • For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the work search and work registration requirements, click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Florida has more than 510,000 jobs available across various employment websites and job listing services. One of these is Employ Florida, which is a resource for claimants to view and apply to thousands of jobs available throughout the state.
  • DEO also encourages existing claimants to create an account and register at Employ Florida. Employ Florida is a great online resource for claimants to utilize when searching for a job.
  • DEO is also hiring across the state. To view a list of vacant opportunities and apply to work at DEO, click here.  
  • DEO is also encouraging Floridians who are interested in learning a new career path or need assistance looking for employment, to turn to CareerSource Florida for assistance. CareerSource Florida can help job seekers explore new employment opportunities, provide workforce and job-training skills, and provide career advancement assistance. Click here to find your local CareerSource center.

Additional Resources

  • If an individual is not eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits, there are additional resources readily available to Floridians and their families.
  • DEO, in partnership with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), provide additional opportunities and resources for Florida families who need additional assistance. Resources include food assistance for low-income households, medical assistance, and temporary financial assistance to families who qualify. For more information, click here.

Employer Updates

  • On May 7, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 1463 into law, which will help expedite the processing of Reemployment Assistance claims. Specifically, this bill modifies the amount of time the employer has to respond to the Department's request for information – “Notice of Claim Filed” (document UCB 412) – to 14 calendar days after the distribution date, previously this was 20 days.
  • Individuals not returning to work when work is available or do not show good cause in refusing an offer of work could potentially be disqualified from receiving Reemployment Assistance benefits. This also applies to the federal benefit programs authorized under the CARES Act and Continued Assistance Act. 
  • If a prospective employee refuses an offer to work, employers can report this refusal to work through the Reemployment Assistance Help Center.
  • Florida’s reemployment tax rate computation for 2021 was recently revised as a result of a new law. For more information, click here.
  • DEO has developed additional guides for employers to better understand how to navigate the CONNECT system. To view these guides, click here.

Reemployment Assistance

  • Any new state Reemployment Assistance claims filed January 1, 2021, and forward are eligible for up to 19 weeks of benefits instead of 12 weeks of benefits.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

  • As a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, PEUC and PUA benefit programs have been extended to September 6, 2021.
  • FPUC, which provides an additional $300 for eligible claimants, will expire on June 26, 2021. 
  • DEO has recently incorporated the Department of Labor's guidance on the expansion of PUA eligibility for claimants. When claimants request their benefit payments, they should now be able to review the expanded eligibility provisions in their CONNECT account.
  • Claimants should continue to request their benefit payments as weeks become available in their CONNECT account if they remain unemployed. DEO encourages individuals to continue checking their CONNECT account every 48 hours for additional updates or notifications from the Department.

About DEO

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.


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