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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Paper applications to file for unemployment benefits offered at CareerSource centers

Paper applications for those needing to file for unemployment are available for curbside pickup at all CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CareerSource North Central Florida career centers.

The forms will be supplied Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also can also be downloaded at careeresourcelm.com and careersourcencfl.com.
CareerSource CLM centers are located at:

  • 2703 NE 14th St., in Ocala
  • 683 S. Adolph Point, in Lecanto
  • 2175 NW 11th Dr., in Chiefland

For more information, call 800-434-JOBS (5627).

CareerSource North Central Florida centers are located at:

  • 10 NW Sixth St., in Gainesville
  • 101 E. Call St., in Starke

For more information, call 352-955-2245.

Unemployment insurance provides temporary wage benefits to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, such as due to COVID-19. The program, which is run by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, has experienced recent difficulties keeping up with the unprecedented demand.

According to Kathleen Woodring, CareerSource CLM’s executive vice president, the paper applications are an alternative for those having trouble completing the online application. She noted that it is incumbent on the applicant to mail the paper applications to the Department of Economic Opportunity and that doing so could potentially take longer to process than online.

Those planning to pick up paper applications are urged to drive as close as possible to the center entrance and have one person per vehicle get out and pick up applications from the distribution box outside the center. The centers are not currently open to the public.

“We are mindful of the need to maintain social distancing. If there is a line of vehicles, please stay in your car until you can pull up,” Woodring said. “You may take as many applications as you need, if you are getting them for other members of your household. We will restock as needed throughout the day until 3 o’clock.”