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Florida will soon offer paper applications for unemployment benefits

Florida Unemployment
Posted at 12:59 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 13:04:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — You'll soon able to mail in paper applications to file for unemployment benefits in Florida.

Ken Lawson, the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, confirmed on Thursday that the state will soon offer paper applications for unemployment claims.

After filling out the application, Floridians will be able to print out the paperwork and mail it in.

The announcement comes after many Floridians reported having issues with the unemployment filing process. Many of those complaints were centered around not being able to access the state’s CONNECT website or phone system.

The agency is also contracting with an outside vendor to increase call volume, and they’re also working on improving the website with a mobile version, according to Lawson.

Right now, it's unclear if people will be able to obtain the paper application online.

For more information about applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, click here or call the Claims Assistance Center at 1-800-204-2418.