Are you having trouble filing for unemployment assistance?

Since the State Legislature has oversight over the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), your State Legislator may be able to advocate on your behalf by submitting a one way, non-interactive online inquiry. Contact your State Legislator via telephone or email. You can find your state legislator by visiting

Whether you are applying for either type of unemployment/re-employment assistance (state or federal), be prepared to provide your state legislator’s staff members with the following information. The legislator's staff member will need the following information regarding the applicant in order to upload this information in the DEO’s online information portal:

  • First and last name;
  • Date of Birth;
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number;
  • Telephone Number;
  • Email Address; and
  • A quick note about the issue you are experiencing. For example, PIN resent, identity verification, locked out of your account; cannot claim your weeks, etc.
  • If you have applied for Reemployment Assistance online at, include your Claimant ID number

Contact Information is below. Please note that the legislator's staff members may still be working remotely due to COVID-19 but they are available to serve their constituents via phone and/or email:

Representative Nick DiCeglie (typically represents Largo residents living on the west side of the City)
Phone: 727-588-7090
Staff Contacts: Stephanie Kreps or Brendan Burke

Representative Chris Latvala (typically represents Largo residents living in the middle and eastern side of the City)
Phone: 727-724-3000
Staff Contacts: Rachel Goode or Amy Gregory

Senator Jeff Brandes (represents all residents of Largo)
Phone: 727-563-2100
Staff Contacts: Melissa Meshil or Zachary Hubbard

Many of the individuals that were deemed ineligible for state benefits may now be eligible for federal benefits through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Applicants should utilize the following criteria when applying for federal PUA:

  • Those who are self-employed, contract employees, or gig workers who applied for the state’s Reemployment Assistance benefits on or before April 4, 2020, should apply at and select “File a Claim” to request PUA.
  • Individuals who applied for the state’s Reemployment Assistance benefits on or after April 5, 2020, and were deemed ineligible for state reemployment assistance benefits will receive additional application information from the Department. They can also visit for more information regarding these programs. Please monitor your FloridaJobs account and e-mail account for additional information from the Department.
  • Unemployed Floridians who have not yet applied for any benefit should apply at and will be considered for all existing programs, including the federal PUA.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has streamlined the claims process for all applicants in a one-stop shop at Applicants can click file a claim, and answer a few short questions that will lead them to the application for state or federal benefits. They may also call 1-833-FL-Apply (1-833-352-7759) for any questions they may have.