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California Unemployment Extension

Due to the improving job market, the federal government currently allows up to 37 additional weeks of EUC federal extension benefits (Tiers 1 through 3) after an individual’s regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim ends. The total number of benefit weeks for which someone is eligible depends on their individual situation, when their prior regular UI claim ends, when their federal extension tiers were filed, and California’s unemployment rate.

As we get closer to the end of the year, the weeks of federal extensions will continue to wind down and most eligible unemployed workers will not qualify for any or all of the federal extensions currently available. For example, the majority of unemployed workers that start a regular unemployment claim (26 weeks) in the beginning of July 2013 will not qualify for any EUC federal extensions when their regular claim ends due to the scheduled end of the EUC federal extensions on December 28, 2013.

Work Search Requirements for Eligibility of Extensions Benefits

Federal legislation on extension benefits requires individuals to meet specific work search requirements to be paid benefits on their federal extensions. Those collecting federal extensions could lose their benefits if they fail to comply with the work search requirements of the federal law. Individuals collecting regular UI benefits and federal extension benefits have always been required to look for work. However, this legislation requires individuals collecting federal extension benefits (Tiers 1-3) to also meet the following work search requirements, in addition to meeting all other UI eligibility requirements:

  • Document their work search efforts, which now must include contacts with at least three different employers each week; and
  • Provide their work search documentation upon request to the EDD; and
  • Ensure they are registered in EDD’s CalJOBS, California’s online job listing and resume service, by entering or updating their résumé in the system.

In addition, those individuals collecting benefits on the first or second Tier of federal extension benefits must appear at a local America’s Job Center of California (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers) to learn about employment services offered by the EDD and local partners, and to verify that they are complying with UI eligibility requirements. Individuals who must complete these mandatory Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (REA) appointments will receive notices on appointment details. They could lose their benefits if they fail to appear for that appointment and/or fail to comply with other requirements of the law.

Benefits Availability –

Filing Date Sept 2012 – Aug 2013 Aug 18, 2013 – Dec 22, 2013 Extension filing deadline date Last Payable week ending date
Tier 1 Upto 14 weeks Upto 14 weeks December 22, 2013 December 28, 2013
Tier 2 Upto 14 weeks Upto 14 weeks December 22, 2013 December 28, 2013
Tier 3 Upto 9 weeks Upto 9 weeks December 22, 2013 December 28, 2013
Tier 4 Upto 10 weeks 0 weeks August 11, 2013 December 28, 2013


Questions & Answers

  1. charles kasuba says:

    is there any assistance when my account goes to zero. I have been looking for work but not getting hired. I would think some kind of assistance is available for those of us who are doing the correct thing.

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. brenda says:

    why aren’t they available when the IUR rates in California are currently at 5.5% ? Isn’t that a percentage rate that activates the Federal-State Extended Duration benefits? I am currently pregnant and also having a hard time getting hired by employers. My benefits will be over in 3-4 weeks. Please help.

  3. charles says:

    I have been looking for work every day but due to my age and being diabetic employers are not willing to hire me. I have about 3 checks left on my claim is there any kind of help or extension I can receive.

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