Florida unemployment: April 1 marks quarter change process

Reporter: Sara Girard Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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For those claiming unemployment benefits, Thursday, April 1 marks the quarter change process once again, and you might need to take action on your account.

If you lost your job at the start of the pandemic, the quarter change turned into another frustrating roadblock many of you felt for first time in April 2020, and then for every quarter change after that.

Thankfully, it’s become a bit more straightforward.

If you’re currently collecting federal benefits — that’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation PEUC — this applies to you.

Every quarter change, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has to check to see if you’re now eligible for state benefits instead.

It’s based on the wages you might’ve earned in a previous quarter. This time it’s October to December 2020.

DEO says you’ll get a notification on your account, and two things can happen:

If you made wages, that could qualify you for state benefits. You’ll get a link to submit a new application for that.

If you didn’t make qualifying wages, you’ll still have to answer a few questions when you log-in to request your federal benefits once again, and you might need to take action on your account.

Refer to DEO’s Quarter Change Fact Sheet for more information.

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