According to Jacksonville.com, Floridians may be elligible to recieve up to 79 weeks of Unemployment Insurance benefits. You can apply to receive these Tier 3 UI benefits today.
The unemployed people will be eligable for these benefits on a case-by-case basis thanks to legislation that was signed into law by Barack Obama and Governor Charlie Crist.
Prior to the summer of 2008, Floridians were only eligable for up to 26 weeks of UI benefits. Then Tier 2 benefits were automatically provided bringing coverage levels to 53 weeks of benefits.
Now, the new program is on a one-off basis and is subject to when the person became unemployed, how long he worked and what their salary was before losing their job.
The agency will send eligible recipients the proper paperwork in the mail and is also accepting applications via its Web site at http://www.floridajobs.org/.