Florida Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Bob 2012-02-21 20:42
My wife lost her job in March 2011 and signed up and began collecting unemployment but actively continued to search for work. In June 2011 she accepted a job that the employer called her an independent contractor and said she could make between 400 to 600 a week which never panned out. Over a 16 week period my wife only averaged 250 a week so she quit thinking because she was mislead on the wages she would qualify for unemployment but was denied. Why can't she qualify for benefits now? I feel like she entered into a job situation she didn't understand and is now being denied because this employer who called her a independent contractor claims she understood what she was getting into.
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# Ada 2012-03-19 20:42
I've been working since May 2011 as an employee with W2, previous to that I've been a freelancer (independent contractor) for about 4 yrs). I have been laid of. My position has been terminated (no fault) as of April 1st I will no longer be employed. Do I qualify for unemployment according to the BASE PERIOD? I've read all about the four of the past five quarters, but I'm still confused. I have 2 full quarters in 2011, over half of one quarter in 2011 (May and June, but not April!), and Jan, Feb, March in 2012. Would I qualify for unemployment here in FLORIDA? Thank you!
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# Kelly 2012-04-30 13:45
I filed for and was approved for unemployment in January. I have not followed up by entering my job search in the online system. Will I still qualify if I go in now and enter? Or must I start over? Thanks.
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# susie 2012-08-09 11:54
if you are laid off on 08/28/12, what is the base period used to determine benefit eligibility?
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# anthony1981 2012-11-20 17:23
i only got 16 hours of work this week, i was told by a lady at work that they get a free week from you and you shouldnt file. i didnt quite understand but new that it couldnt be right. should i claim this week being that my plant is on shut down 1/2 the week
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# Ljeanne 2012-12-13 12:59
I recently was let go from a new job making respectable $ (4 mos.) The owner voiced that his payroll was too high< I wasnt paying for myself and also let someone else go, as well. Prior to that, I was employed with a company for 4.5 years and laid off with the last 9 months being straight commission. I have been working for 27 years and never filed, but I now need a headstart to find new employment. Am I eligible?? Should I file? It has been 2-weeks since I was laid off and I want to do soemthing before more time elapses. Thank you.
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# SandyD 2013-01-07 10:46
In February 2012 I was placed on bedrest for complications with pregnancy and kidney problems and surgeries. I was on FMLA for 12 weeks (unpaid) and then I was terminated in April from my employment. I had been working at this job for over 8 years. I was unable to collect unemployment as I was not medically able to work. I have recently been cleared medically and would like to collect unemployment benefits while looking for a job. If I am eligable how would they determine my base period since I do not have much income last year?
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# Marjorie 2013-03-21 12:45
I don't understand the TIERS. I do understand the base period, and know I am eligible for benefits. But for the tiers, I was told that they go back 15 months and use those earnings (from when to when?) to calculate your eligibility. I was unemployed from 2/09/2012 through 5/14/2012. I would like to know how long is the benefit period for tiers 1, 2, and 3. Since and I am 65, I am worried about finding a job. A little knowledge would give me some peace of mind.
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# Josh 2017-07-07 21:35
I was recently laid off 6/23/17 from a company I've worked 6 months out of this year. I previously worked for them for one quarter during my base period for 2016, Before I was arrested and had to do a little bit of jail time since my release I have worked with the company for two quarters this year(Jan,Feb,Ma rch,April,May,J une) I see it says the base period does not include my most recent three months which are April May June so shouldn't the first quarter of the year of 2017 Jan Feb March calculate in to my base period since it's not my most recent three months? Or am I ineligible due to only working one quarter of 2016 even though I have a quarter worked in 2017 that's not considered my most recent three months I'm new to this and trying to make sense of this thank you
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# June 2017-11-15 13:37
Hi! I was just laid off from my job. I worked for the company from 9/1/2016 to 11/14/2017(yesterday) ....prior to that I worked for one company on a freelance basis. My question is.....what would be my base period....and if my base period includes July and/or August of 2016...do I get credit for the wages I earned as a freelancer....? Thanks for your help..
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