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


Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.

Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits

  1. i was wondering if i would qualify for unemployment benefits for a loss of job do to termination of employment? p and s company asked me to bring company truck to dealer to have window replaced.after a few days , company asked me questions in explain details of window accident .than about one hour later i was asked to clean out my belonging etc.p and s transport said, i was terminated from being at fault?I explained to p and s trans port that somebody else broke the window etc.At this point i am out of a job!Would i be able to claim unemployment benefits at this time being?MR.CHARLES JAMES CONTRESCERI JR.

    • Apply for unemployment. The unemployment office will decide if you are eligible. Just because the employer let you go does not mean you won’t qualify.

      • SO, after finding out the extensions are no longer available in Ca. Im scared and mostly frustrated with , well ,mostly everything. I worked for my Co. for 24.1 years and was let get after being mistreated for over 6 years, no a/c , did not give me fmla when asked for it, had me forge documents that went to the city and lenders so they could get a better mortgage rate. Any how, how is it that 6 months is all I get? it seems to me this should be based on tenor and your individual situation, when I first started with this Corp. I was young and beautiful, I could have gotten any job, but now 40lbs heavier and going grey just sucks. Where is the job market for women in their fifties who were loyal to their Companies and then let go with no just cause? What do we do, there must be many of this out there, what do we do?

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