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Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$450
Max. Weeks of Benefits
26
Current Jobless Rate
4.1%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$450
Max Weeks of benefits
26
Current Jobless rate
4.1%

Updated : October 14th, 2019

California Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance in California is an initiative taken up jointly by the state government and the federal government. The purpose of the initiative is to provide financial support to those who have lost their jobs due to reasons beyond their control. The government, along with providing financial support, also provides an opportunity for the job-seekers find training and counseling programs to improve their skill sets. It also provides outlets where job-seekers can connect with prospective employers to seek employment opportunities.

Find out more about the services provided by the Employment Development Department (EDD) of California, and the eligibility requirements needed to qualify for unemployment insurance.

Eligibility to Apply for UI Benefits in California

To qualify for unemployment benefits in California, applicants must gain eligibility on three parameters set by the EDD. The three parameters are- monetary eligibility, job separation, and maintaining eligibility.

Monetary Eligibility

While applying for unemployment insurance in California, applicants must first meet the monetary eligibility requirements. The applicants are expected to have earned a minimum wage during the four-quarter base period. The weekly benefit amount and the maximum benefit amount of the applicant are dependent on the wages earned during the base period.  

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have earned at least:

  • $1,300 in the highest earning quarter of your base period, or
  • $900 in your highest earning quarter, and a total base period earnings of 1.25 times the highest earning quarter

The base period is a 12-month period, which is divided into four quarters. EDD has designed two types of base periods to calculate wages to establish a claim. They are:

  • Standard Base Period
  • Alternate Base Period

A standard base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters. In this method of calculation, the quarter prior to which you apply for benefits is not considered, but four quarters prior to this is considered.

For example, if your claim begins in the first quarter of 2019 (i.e. Jan, Feb, and March), the base period will consist of the following quarters – Oct-Nov-Dec 2017, Jan-Feb-Mar 2018, Apr-May-June 2018, and Jul-Aug-Sep 2018. Note that Oct-Nov-Dec 2018 will not be considered as a part of the standard base period.

In the event you do not have sufficient wages in your standard base period, EDD will then consider calculating your wages using the alternative base period. The alternative base period consists of the last four calendar quarters prior to the beginning date of the claim.

For example, if the claim begins in the first quarter of 2019, (i.e. Jan, Feb, and March), the alternative base period will consist of these quarters – Jan-Feb-Mar 2018, Apr-May-June 2018, Jul-Aug-Sep 2018, and Oct-Nov-Dec 2018.

The alternative base period can only be considered when you do not have enough wages in your standard base period, but you have sufficient wages in the alternative base period.

Find out more about eligibility requirements

Job Separation

Once the monetary eligibility is established, the step for qualification will be to prove that the applicant lost his job due to no fault of his/her own. The applicants must meet the below-mentioned criteria to meet the job-separation criteria:

  • You did not lose the job for any fault of yours
  • You were not involved in any illegal, criminal, or unethical activities in your workplace, which resulted in you getting fired
  • You were fired or your work time was decreased due to lack of work.
  • You did not quit the job due to lack of interest

Please note that not all those who are unemployed will be eligible for unemployment insurance. The benefits are given to only those who meet all the eligibility criteria set by EDD.

EDD will verify the reason given by you for separating from your previous organization. It will contact your ex-employer to verify the reason given by you. If any discrepancies are found, your eligibility for benefits will be affected.

The EDD will conduct a telephonic interview with those who were fired or quit the job on their own to hear the issue on job separation. A notice will be mailed to the applicant if he/she is not eligible for benefits. In the event that the applicant is not happy with the response, he/she can file an appeal against the decision of EDD.

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Eligibility requirements – overview

Maintaining Eligibility

Establishing monetary eligibility and meeting the job-separation criteria will get the applicant qualified for unemployment benefits in California. However, the applicants are expected to maintain the eligibility factors throughout the benefits weeks. Failing to maintain the eligibility requirement will lead to interruptions in the payment of weekly benefits.

The applicants must take note of the following points to maintain eligibility during the benefits weeks:

  • Be physically able to work throughout the benefit week period
  • The applicant must be available to work.
  • Applicant must be ready to accept the work offered to him/her
  • The applicant must be actively seeking for job opportunities

Applicants must certify for benefits each week by providing a certificate while applying for benefits. The information on the certificate will show if the applicant has met with all the eligibility criteria during the week.

Find out on job search requirements

How to Apply For UI Benefits in California?

You will need the following documents to apply for unemployment benefits in California:

Online

In the state of California, applying through the online portal is the most convenient mode to apply for benefits. Log in to https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm to register your claim. The timings to register for benefits differ on different days, which is listed below:

  • Sunday – 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM
  • Monday – 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday-Friday – 2:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday – 2:00 AM to 8:00 PM

You could avail services such as opening new claims, certifying for continued benefits, updating your address & phone number and receive important notifications. You could also view, request and print your copy of form 1099G for up to the past five years.

Telephone

You may also file claims for unemployment benefits through a phone call in California. Call from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 12 noon, on the following numbers as per your language choice:

If you are hearing impaired, reach the TTY line on 1-800-815-9387

Fax or Mail

You may also choose to send your application for unemployment benefits through fax or by mail. Download the Unemployment Insurance Application forms from the Forms and Publications page of the EDD website. Fill up the relevant forms and you can either fax it or mail it to the EDD using the address on the forms.

How to File Weekly Claims

You can file your weekly benefits by contacting the same sources used for filing the initial claims. Once you file your initial claim, you will receive crucial information on your claim. You must read and respond to all the requests to avoid payment delays.

You will also separately receive your first Continued Claim Form, DE 4581. You must fill this up and submit it once in every two weeks to request for your benefits. This process is known as certifying for benefits in the state of California, and this provides the EDD with the required information to verify your weekly eligibility.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

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Use the calculator to find out how much weekly benefits you may approximately earn in the state of California.


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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.

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Things to Know After Filing An Application

Once the application is filed, the claimant will begin to receive the benefit amount every week. There is a need for the claimants to be aware of all the rules and regulations imposed on them throughout the benefit period. The applicants must also know about the services imparted to the unemployed job seekers to make the best of the benefit period.

Overpayments and Fraud

Overpayments arise when you receive benefits amount which was not supposed to be paid to you as you were not eligible to receive the excessive sum that was transferred to you. If in case, you drew overpayments from EDD, you will receive a Notice of Overpayment via mail.

The Notice of Overpayment will contain information on the nature of overpayment that is drawn by you, the amount you will have to pay back to EDD and penalties levied on you if any. It will also contain information on your right to appeal against the imposition of overpayment, and about the procedure to appeal.

The EDD has classified overpayments into two categories – Non-Fraud and Fraud.

Non-Fraud: If you received a payment which you were not entitled to, but not intentionally or not as a result of your fault, it will be considered as a non-fraud overpayment. In this case, you will receive a notice stating that you’ve received an overpayment and that you will have to pay the excessive amount back.

In some exceptional cases, you may not be asked to repay the excessive amount. There will be no penalties or interest levied on the applicants in the case of non-fraud overpayment.

Fraud: A fraud overpayment occurs when you intentionally mislead the EDD into paying more benefits than you are entitled to. If you withhold an important piece of information, lie about your income earned during the base period, give false or fake documents to prove eligibility, not disclosing information of wages earned during the benefits weeks and similar misleading tactics are considered as a fraud in the state of California.

If a fraud overpayment is established in your case, you will be expected not only to pay back the excessive amount but also pay a penalty of 30% of the amount of the overpayment. You may also face disqualification from anywhere between 5 weeks to 23 weeks.

If you fail to repay the excessive amount along with the stipulated fine amount, the EDD may deduct the money from your future weekly unemployment benefits amount, which is referred to as an offset.

As a policy of offset, the EDD may also deduct from or totally withhold your state income tax refunds, lottery winnings, or any other source of income owed to you by the state. The EDD may also file a case against you in a court of law, charge you court costs and interest, and record a lien on your property.

Benefits Extension

There are no federal or state-operated benefit extension programs given presently in California. It is suggested that the applicants should visit or call the concerned authorities to known more about the current available Reemployment Assistance plans.

Job Training Assistance

The state of California provides ample opportunities for applicants to improve their skill set to get better employment opportunities. California Training Benefits (CTB) provides opportunities to the applicants to further their education, improve their skill sets, and/or learn a new trade to improve their competitiveness in the job market.

If you get approved by CTB, you will be exempted from certain conditions such as to be available for work, to be actively seeking job opportunities, and accept job offers, while you are participating in your training.

Know more job training opportunities in CA

California Office Locations and Phone Numbers

Make a note of the following list of phone numbers to avail the respective services in the state of California:

CA Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

Filing Claims - English 1-800-300-5616
Filing Claims - Spanish 1-800-326-8937
Filing Claims - Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
Filing Claims - Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
Filing Claims - Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
Automated Self-Service - English 1-866-333-4606
Filing Claims - TTY 1-800-815-9387
Fraud Hotline 1-855-327-7055
Debit Card Related Information 1-866-692-9374
Debit Card Related Information - TTY 1-866-656-5913
Overpayment Collection Section 1-800-676-5737
Official Payments Corporation 1-800-272-9829

Locate your nearest unemployment office



Frequently Asked Question

Q. How are UI benefits calculated?
Ans. The Unemployment Insurance Benefits are calculated using the applicant’s earnings during a specific 12 month period, or as referred to here as the base period. The base period begins approximately 15-17 months prior to the date the claim is filed. The amount paid each week is calculated based on the calendar quarter with the highest earnings during the base period.
Q. How does vacation pay or holiday pay affect my eligibility to receive unemployment insurance benefits?

Ans. Vacation pay or holiday may be deducted from your benefits. It will depend on whether or not you have been given a definite date to return to work at the time you were placed on layoff status: If you are not given a definite date to return to work, any vacation pay or holiday pay paid to you when your job ends is not deducted from your weekly benefit amount.

If you are given a definite date to return to work, any vacation or holiday pay for the period of the temporary layoff is deductible from your benefits. The Department will allocate vacation and holiday pay as follows:

- Vacation pay will be allocated to the number of days you requested vacation or to the number of days your employer required you to use as vacation during the temporary layoff.
- Holiday pay that is paid before you return to work will be allocated to the week(s) in which the holiday(s) fall. Holiday pay that is paid after you return to work will be allocated to the week that you return to work.
Q. What is the procedure to file an appeal?
Ans. In the event cancellation of benefits, overpayments or penalties, the EDD will mail you a Notice of Determination, DE 1080CZ. The document will contain the reason for the action taken, the duration of the punishment and your right to appeal for the same.
To file an appeal against such an order, you will have to fill out form-DE1000m or write a letter to the concerned department. Your letter must contain your name, address, contact details, social security number and the reason for filing the appeal.
The concerned department will then review the decision. If the decision is taken as per state law and regulation, the notice will be sent to the Office of Appeals. The Office of Appeals will send a hearing notice that:
  • Schedules the hearing.
  • Sends information about the hearing.
  • Advises the claimant where and when to appear for the hearing.

An Administrative Law Judge will hear the appeal. After the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge mails a decision to all parties. Contact the Office of Appeals at the telephone number listed on the hearing notice if you have any questions.
Q. What do I do if I have problems using a credit card?
Ans. If you come across any issues with your credit card, you may find help from the following sources:
  • For online transactions: Visit the OPC website and select Help for assistance.
  • For phone transactions: Call OPC at 1-800-487-4567 for assistance.
Q. Can I leave my Continued Claim Form, DE 4581 at any EDD site?
Ans .You may leave your Continued Claim Form DE 4581 at any EDD site, but please note that leaving your DE 4581 at an EDD site will delay your payment. This happens as the form will have to be sent to the appropriate EDD site for payment which will add an additional one to three days to the mailing time.
The way would be to mail your DE 4581 using the envelope provided. It is the fastest and easiest way to receive your benefit check.
Q. Why did I receive a Request for Identity Verification, DE 1326C?
Ans. DE 1326C will generally be sent because the Department faces the following issues:
  • The department has been unable to verify your identity using the information you provided when you filed your UI claim. Or
  • The department received information that your identity may have been compromised
As a result, the department will ask for further identifying documents for verification. Whenever there is a question of correct identity, the Department requires identifying documents to ensure benefits are paid only to those who are legally entitled to receive them.
Failure to provide the requested documentation may result in a denial of benefits.
Q. How does severance pay affect my eligibility to receive unemployment insurance benefits?
Severance pay is not deducted from the insurance benefits you receive and, as a result, it does not affect your eligibility to receive benefits. The method of payment, such as a lump sum payment or payments paid to you at regular pay period intervals does not change the nature of the payment.
However, it is very important for you to report the severance pay you receive at the time you file your unemployment insurance claim without fail.
Q. Why did I receive a Form 1099G?
The Form 1099G reports the total taxable unemployment compensation that is issued to you from the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) for a calendar year.
Your benefits are taxable and reportable on your federal return only, but you do not need to attach a copy of the Form 1099G to your federal income tax return.

Questions & Answers

  1. I recently worked a seasonal job and was not offered a position to stay on, I recently filed a claim but have not worked since 2014, do i still qualify for unemployment?

    1. Nancy,

      Seasonal employment does not qualify. Please check with your employer if they paid unemployment taxes and if they did, you will qualify.

  2. I was recently laid off. The company I worked for is in California but I reside in another state and work remotely and travel to California occasionally. Do I file for CA unemployment?

  3. My job pays hourly + commission but the commission has not been good for the past 3 paychecks and now it will get worse due to the holidays. Can I apply for unemployment? I work full-time ….approximately 73 – 75 hours per week. I depend on the commission to pay bills & survive. I suffer from depression & anxiety and this is worsening it. Look forward to your response. Thank you.

    1. Adeline,

      I can understand your situation. Generally, contract employment does not qualify. Please contact the Unemployment Office in your state for clarification.

  4. Hi,I live in California, I’ve been unemployed since late April and claimed for benefits which began in late May. My benefit claim amount is down to one last payment but I’m still looking for work. Is it possible to file for an extension in California? If so, how do I do it? I’m worried that I will have no income after my claim benefit runs out after this last EDD payment

    1. 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.

  5. I was given a severance package back in September 2016 when my job was eliminated. At the time I didn’t realize I qualified for unemployment benefits. I did apply for EDD benefits in March 2017, my claim has exhausted and I would like to file an extension, considering I worked over 18 years with former employer. Can I use my bi-weekly severance pay as wages to qualify for an extension?

    1. 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.

  6. I was let go from my part-time job of three years. I was reprimanded for my attendance and tardiness issues and was given my final write up at the beginning of 2017. I was having famliy problems at home and was in the middle of a separation. I did inform my supervisor of my family situation and was not offered or aware that the company offers assistance to employee’s in need with separations, illness, and foreclosures. I was late for my shift due to a error in schedule and I was let go on the spot due to the last written warning of attendance. Can I still be eligible for unemployment benefits? Thank you in advance.

    1. Louie,

      I can understand your situation.Unfortunately, personal reasons are generally not considered. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  7. I was doing work for 2 other part time jobs I have at my full time job and my boss found out and told me I had to work regular hours from 8:30 to 5 as everyone else so that I could be supervised. I haven’t shown up for work for 3 days but have worked for him for 18 months. I wasn’t fired, but I can’t work those hours. I can file unemployment, right?

    1. This is for Tina Privat-July 2017 – Sorry Sam but your responses even confused me!!

      To qualify for unemployment, you must be out of work through no fault of your own. If you quit your job voluntarily, without good cause, you won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits. However, if you are forced out and/or have good cause to quit, you may still be eligible for benefits, depending on the circumstances.

      In California, good cause to quit exists when a substantial motivating factor in the employee’s decision to quit was a real, substantial, and compelling reason (work-related or personal), which would cause a reasonable person who genuinely desired to continue working to leave the job under the same circumstances. Whether an employee has good cause to quit under this definition is determined on a case-by-case basis.

      So long story short – Yes, you need to file; it will probably be denied, but you MUST file for an appeal where a 3rd party judge will be the one that will decide if you had Good Cause. Don’t be afraid, it is a very friendly process and you just need to explain your situation. Good Luck!

  8. I am still unemployed and can not reapply for unemployment at this time I am just wondering why, I only received half and calling the office is just awful every one is busy and the computer hangs up on you why can’t I leave a message so someone can contact me. How do other people do it.

    1. Margaret,

      I can understand your frustration. UI benefits are only disbursed as a one-cycle payment. Please provide details surrounding your previous claim.

  9. I am 63 years old and have been unemployed for several years, I lost just about everything and I was homeless. I am a union sheet metal worker and finally in April 2016 I got a job in San Jose and finally things started getting better I was able to rent a room, and start getting my life back together, I was laid off Dec 1,2016 due to a reduction of forces. I applied for unemployment, and since I was making very good money, I assumed that I would be getting the max amount, after 3 weeks I got a letter telling me my claim was accepted a payment was put into my account, and a claim form that I signed and sent back to EDD, there was no mention as to how much I was getting. The next week I got another claim form and this time it showed how much I was getting, $55 per week, it seems as though this is a little short of what I believe I should be getting by about $395 per week, needless to say I am slightly disappointed, I have been trying to contact EDD but my computer skills are the shits, so if this all I am entitled to I can’t afford my rent again so it looks like I am homeless again, can’t pay my storage fee’s after another month so I will be losing all of my possessions. It seems as though my EDD award was based on the money that I earned in 2014, where I worked for a contractor for about one and a half weeks when I was injured and was unable to work, I wasn’t even aware that I was eligible to collect until about a year later, when I had to go to the hospital I was told that I could collect $55 per week, I didn’t even apply since it was such a small amount, so now after working for seven months, this is all that I am getting, this doesn’t even cover my gasoline bill, it just doesn’t seem right that my claim would be based on the amount I worked for 1 1/2 weeks, that was two years ago

    1. Stephen,

      I can understand your situation. You can also consider the option of visiting an Unemployment Office in the vicinity or call the Claims Center for assistance if you’re uncomfortable filing over the internet.

  10. I have worked for this company for 8 years, they just told me they are making me a part time employee and will be used when work is available. They gave me no schedule for when I would be used. Can I file for unemployment?

    1. If the reduction to part-time was voluntary, you may not qualify.

      I suggest that you call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  11. I was just laid off by my employer and will be eligible for benefits on January 15. Can I Uber and collect unemployment benefits at the same time?

    1. Unemployment Benefits are extended to those who’re completely jobless.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm if you can drive with Uber and claim.

    1. If you were laid off due to no fault of your own, you can be eligible to draw UI benefits.

      As a ground rule, you should have sufficient employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  12. if I am currently working full time and I and receiving my social security because I am 62 and I get laid off can I still get unemployment benefits?

    1. Most of the states allow the provision of both UI and SS simultaneously as long you’re able and available for work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  13. My employer changed me from salaried employee of five years to an “independent contractor” in January, but is – next month – offering me unacceptible contracts. Can I file for unemployment under these circumstances (and eight months after losing my official employment status)?

    Thanks,
    Eric

    1. Contracted workers are generally not eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  14. hello i was under unemploye benefits for the pas 4 months ,
    i recently got a job but am under the trail period .
    and is base on comision , i continue apply for my benefits still for one more month i did not know i have to stop appling for my benefits , how can i repay the UI department this is my 1st time and i do not want to get in trouble .
    what can i do ! thank you .

    1. Please call the Unemployment Office to let them know that you’ve got a temporary job.

      If you stop applying, it can be an indication too. It’s better you notify them in this case.

  15. I have a PT who wants to apply for disability when she delivers her baby, she is pad cash does not have pay stubs, would she be able to apply?

    1. She will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  16. I was on paid sick leave from May 2015 – January 2016. I returned to work in February 2016 and will be laid-off on July 17, 2016. Can I apply for unemployment? Does one have to work 5 continuous quarters prior to lay-off? I was consistently employed for 39 years prior to the medical leave in the state of California. Thank you.

    1. Five quarters does not means continuous work.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state and apply accordingly.

  17. I been living in California for a little bit more than a year already. I was working for a company for almost a year and I got let go because I missed on day and it was extremely busy that day and lot of people missed.

    1. Generally, voluntary reasons such as performance issues are not considered.

      Please check on your eligibility by calling the Labor authorities in your state.

  18. My hours are reduced to part time in marhc, then 1day each next two weeks. I planned for a vacation in two weeks which was approved over 6month ago. I cannot go look for a job now since I have to go off for 3 weeks which is to see my aging mother who I havent seen for two years. Can I apply for UI now or when I’m back? Thank you.

      1. Thank you for the response, Martin. I ve actually been trying to reach them, but nobody is ever available to talk. Is there a email contact or other method to reach them? Thank you, again!

  19. I had applied for unemployment back on March 4th 2016 it’s been two weeks and I have not heard a thing. What can I do?

  20. I have been on state disability for the last 12 months… I am now released for work but my position is no longer available, Can I receive unemployment if I haven’t worked the past year?

    1. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible as employment is required in the last 5 calendar quarters to ascertain eligibility.

  21. My company in so cal filed chapter 11, im veing furloughed 4 days a month , and am told i mught lose my 213 hrs vacation i accrued.ive been there 15 years, if i quit now befor chapter 7 or buy out so i can get my vacation can i still file for unemployment benifits

  22. ive worked for this company for almost 2 yrs and someone bought us out we still have one restruant and I don’t get the hours or salary like I did from the little restraunt can I applu for unemployment

  23. the company I worked for 17 years told me I was no longer a employee but a sub-contractor and I worked for a while nothing changed expect no benefits can I draw unemployment benefits in the state of calif.

    1. Please note, contracted employees generally do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  24. Has anyone file an Arizona weekly claim by the internet while being in california before? I Will be out of state for couple days and want to know if there could be issues if I do so, since I’ve had this experience before where I had to be out of the country for a weekend,(visiting the dentist) and thought there was no problem if i filed my claim while been out and oh surprise, i didn’t received payment from that week and received a letter asking a bunch of questions, if I had move out the U.S and if I planned to come back, etc. Had to return it with my answers and finally my payments where delayed until that issue was solved.

    1. If you’ve had any issues filing online, please contact the claims center on the phone numbers provided.

      Some links do not work outside the country.

  25. If my benefit were delayed for 5 weeks for not filing 2 continued claim forms properly in a past claim. Q. will benefits for the claiming weeks while on suspension be awarded all at once. On completion of suspension.

    1. Please call the claims center for further information in this regard. They will be able to provide precise information.

  26. Hi There:
    I was working in Williston and I got lay of , now I’m leaving in los angeles . Can I applied for unemployment in los angeles ?

  27. I used to live and work in the state of Arizona, got laid of and now I am living in California. Can I apply for unemployment in CA for the last trimester I work in AZ?

    1. You can consider filing for unemployment insurance. Each state administers an exclusive scheme called the “UCX” for unemployed military men.

      Eligibility depends on multiple factors.

  28. I was trying to find out if I could collect unemployment after being laid off.I had workers comp injury 3 years. I have been cleared to return to work. I had 2 back surgery’s now I am cleared, no restrictions.

    1. If you’re now able and available to work, please consider applying for unemployment insurance as long as you’re scouting for jobs.

  29. Hello..I am collecting unemployment benefits in California since January 2014.It will run out this mid.September..Are there any federal extentions ?

  30. I had to quit my job because I am not able to perform the job duties due to physical problems with my back and leg. I have been there 5 1/2 years. Can I qualify for unemployment? I was on temp disabilty but that has stopped due to my doctors not doing their work in a timely manner.

    Thank you

  31. Can a person on unemployment relocate to another state and look for another job and still collect california unemployment by putting in a change of address?

    1. I guess that should not be an issue.

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state to confirm.

    2. I have applied for UI benefits after relocating to MA from CA. How can I check my application status and why can’t I talk with a human being?

      Not all web sites are intuitive in finding what you need and clearly I’m missing the application status button. MA has a system where you login to your established account. Where is CA’s?

  32. I work in AZ but im a recident from CA. I pay taxes from CA and AZ, they told us that we have one more month of work and im going back to CA, can i get my unemployment from CA?

  33. I am on partial unemployment in calif. because my co. reduced me from 40 hrs to very part-time hrs. My co. decided not to give me anjy hrs for 3 and one half weeks so I quite on april 24th 2014. What happens now, How do I notify unemployment that i quit and have them review my claim. You cannot get through on the phone Anymore. E-mail does not respond to this type of question.I have received money for the 2 weeks after I quit and it might be over-payment.

    1. Please get online and access your account if you filed online.

      Otherwise, see if you can register online for ease of managing your claim.

  34. I’m in California. Original claim ran from 04/13 thru 04/14. Received 26 wks. tier 1 of extension, like all cut off end of 12/13. At one year of original filing received de429l invalid claim for 04/06/14 & received de429z notice of award with new claim year 04/14 thru 04/15 with award amounts and April & June quarters with my earning that where used. Info includes what forms will be arriving, weekly claim forms and info to register at cal jobs. Confused because both forms arrived within two days of each other. Is award notice valid? Can’t reach anyone by phone at edd. Should I just wait to see if claim forms arrive or send in appeal form that came with de429l invalid claim?
    Thanks for any info you can help with.

    1. Strange. If you filed online,please see if you can get an update on status.

      Continue trying the customer service at the EDD as they would have the latest and most accurate information.

  35. My company was just sold and I had to reapply and was not hired, I worked for the previous company for just about 2yrs, can I apply for EDD? Am I eligible? and how would I file?

    Thank You.

    1. If there is a provision to notify disability or any such conditions on the form,please go ahead and be transparent. For specific questions,please call up the Claims/customer service center of the Labor department in CA.

  36. I ve been laid off. I have worked for the company for 16 months which have paid into unemployment benefits. I have also worked off and on at another job which did not pay into benefits Does this change or disrupt in any way for filing or collecting benefits in ca.

  37. I quit my self employed job to take a seasonal waitress job in May 2013 through Oct 2013.
    The calculator estimated I didn’t make enough in qualifying period to receive benefits. It said contact a rep which I have tried for 2 weeks. Is there a way to use my income from July-Oct? Or should I wait until January to apply when there will be a bigger quarter? How can I talk to a person for help?

  38. can I receive unemployment while going to college? Are there additional cash aid programs for unemployed moms attending school?

  39. If I retire from one company and go to work for another company,
    full time, it is a temporary job for 3-1/2 months, will I be able to file for unemployement after the new job is finished?

  40. I am trying to find the year I last received unemployment . My Cell number is 951 880-8313. Or you can notify me by email. Thank you

  41. I am following up on my Claim,
    1st week (08/25)(08/31)
    2nd week (09/01)(09/07)

    I mailed it in (09/08/2013)I thought I would have seen something…Is it there?
    Dale G. Ferguson
    24011 Juaneno Dr Mission Viejo Dr. 92691
    cell (949)326-8632

  42. Are extensions still being offered? My regular UI benefits will run out on December 31. Given that companies typically stop hiring for full time employment the last 2 months of the year that realistically gives me only 2 1/2 months to find a job.

    When I had my phone interview with the EDD representative last month I asked her how I would go about filing for an extension in the event I had not found a job yet and had exhausted my regular UI benefits. She told me that due to budget cuts they were not offering anymore extensions and that my only recourse would be to go to the county for assistance.

    But, when I look at the info on the CA UI benefits on this site it says the maximum is 65 weeks which infers that there are extensions still being offered.

    Can you please clear up my confusion?

    1. Extensions are determined by the unemployment level in each state – one state might offer extensions and another may not. You could google the topic for your state and perhaps get an idea if there is any chance of an extension in the future. That is not to say the information given by the representative is unreliable – they give the information they have at that time.

  43. I never received my packet in the mail . I filed a claim over the phone and no packet came in the mail! The representative said it would be here in 10 days! It is not! Tried to call 7/29 u were closed and tried first thing this morning to heavy calls coming in!

  44. i recently quit my job to reloate to southern california from central california becausd spouse job is in so .cal we were having diffuculty paying 2 rents and managing to households can i collect unemployment til i find a job..

  45. I do currently have a job but have a 6 month old that I’m unable to have an affordable babysitter. If I quit due to me having to take care of my baby could I collect some kind of unemployment?

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