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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

 

178 thoughts on “California Unemployment Extension”

    1. Andrew,

      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.

    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.

      1. Yeah but WHY are they expired?!?! That’s not a good enough answer. The job market in our current society makes it extremely difficult to find a job and although I have been searching and interviewing for all six months of my initial UI Claim, I have not gotten anything yet. Am I just supposed to become homeless now when my UI runs out because California decided to discontinue the EUC?!?! Bullshit!

        1. Dude, you have got to be kidding. We currently have the lowest unemployment rate since 1969. There have never been more jobs available than there is today. The economy is booming. That is why there are no extentions.

  1. An UI term is 1 year.. is there a cap on how many times I can re-apply for UI if I’m still unemployed, year after year and still meet the eligibility?

  2. So is it true I can re-apply for ui benefits after 12 months? Even though the claim only goes for 6 months. What if I can’t find work still for the next 6 months after my claim ends, am I elgible for benefits after 12 months of when my claim started if I re-apply without working in between?

    1. Nicole,

      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.

    1. Anna,

      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.

  3. Is there a direct phone number to talk to a person about UI claims other than the one listed on their website 1-800-300-5616? This number never connects to a person and only lets you go through a 5 minute automated prompt only to tell you that “representatives are all busy, please call back, goodbye.” Talk about a s$&* system that is outdated to 1995 standards. I have worked for 12+ straight years, paid my taxes, and the least the gov’t can do is hire some minimum wage reps answering the phones!

    1. I know Eddie, the gov’t could at least minimum hire a minimum wage reps to answer the phones! Hell why don’t they hire you, so you could get some income or hire me, hire many people who are unemployed.

  4. I apologize if this was asked and answered. I CA unemployment for the first half of the year (Jan 2017 through June 2017). Those benefits ran out and I found work in Aug 2017. I was terminated, literally over night. I’ve been unable to reset my password online and will try to go in person tomorrow. Question is, would this qualify as a new claim and would I be able to receive benefits for 2017? Was homeless and everything started looking up, now this. Any feedback would be appreciated!!!

    1. Christine,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, there is no extension. Please make sure to call the Unemployment Office to inquire about availability of additional benefits for you.

  5. Hi there,
    my EDD expired last week.. and I just mailed my corporation documents to the secretary of state.. but as we all know a new business doesn’t generate income for good couple months!! would I be able to get 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 applied for unemployment in July 2017, and have been receiving it. It is now Oct 3rd, and is says for 26 weeks,my last check is in 2 weeks! It’s for 26 weeks, putting it at 6 months? But it’s not happening that way. What’s up?

    1. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim file. Please call the Claims Center for an update on account details.

    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.

      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.

  7. Is there any updates to extensions for UI/EDD? Mine expires end of September and am struggling finding a job I’m not over qualified for since the closure of the company I worked for, for over 13 years. S.O.S – Mom with mortgage and 2 toddlers.

    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.

    1. I know how you feel Natasha. My benefits run out in two weeks and I still don’t have a job, and that’s because I really enjoyed sleeping in and getting high for 6 months. I can’t go around admitting that I’m lazy so I’m gonna blame the Jews and the Mexicans instead.

      1. Same here man. I really enjoyed getting payed to vape and sleep in and expand my vast knowledge on movies ,shows and videogames for 6 months. But yeah its probably the Mexicans fault

    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.

  8. question….. my unemployment ended in January and my letter said i can fill for extension in June. will I be able to to get the 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.

    1. As far as I am aware, Federal-govt. sponsored extension is not available.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire about state-sponsored benefits.

  9. the notes above keep referring to emergency federal unemployment benefits’
    Does this mean that there are NO extensions for UI benefits at all?
    Thanks

    1. That is correct. The EUC remains expired.

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office in your state to inquire about state provided benefits.

  10. i applied for unemployment on march 2016 they only pay me until august 2016 i haven’t work for the last year they told me that i can reapply when the year is done its that true?

      1. This is in response to Sam’s reply to Oscar – Oscar asked if he can “reapply” after 12 months. He didn’t say he wanted an extension (or he probably would have asked the question last August!) I just read that you can REAPPLY – not extend – UI, contingent upon whether or not you qualify, but you have to wait 12 months from the date you apply (not from when benefits stop). I think it also depends on the state where you live. [Almost every reply by Sam and Martin is the same – you sound like broken records. The people asking questions have real concerns. “Please inquire with the labor authorities (or Unemployment Office) in your state” isn’t very reassuring, not to mention that some state websites are NOT user-friendly and it’s difficult to locate a number to call where they might actually receive help. I’m just saying….food for thought.]

        1. Vanessa,

          Thank you for the feedback. Much appreciated. Some of the statements we use are standardized and hence they sound like “Broken Records” 🙂

          Each state has its own formulation and framework when it comes to administering the Unemployment Insurance system. It will be very difficult for us to point out precise answers in some cases. Hence, we always redirect visitors to also talk to the Unemployment Office so that they get precise answers which help them decide further.

          Again, thank you for the feedback and keep visiting this website.

    1. As far as I am aware, the federal extension remains expired.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire about the availability of state provided extension.

  11. can somebody post a link to welfare or phone number? I just applied for Foodstamps because unemployment ran out. I have basically begged people to hire me. I also applied to what seems like thousands of jobs. I want to work and have always worked long term. 3 kids no money no job and a house note to pay.

    1. Mike,

      I can understand your situation. Benefits are provided by multiple agencies in your state.

      Please explore an appropriate one by searching online.

  12. Well, looks like there is only i e other choice for those of is who cant find a new job. Head on down to the local welfare office where you will definitely qualify for cash aid, medical benefits and good stamps. I know I will qualify once my last edd check comes in, because I went down to apply two weeks ago because I needed to go to the Dr.. Still haven’t heard anything about medical but I did qualify for good stamps….$16 per month worth. But Dec had to be prorated and was under $10. So they couldn’t give me anything 91st all for dec. My weekly checks from unemployment are $316. After taxes they are $284 per week. And the federal gov says I make too much. I’ve worked my whole life, since I was 15 1/2 yes old, and only claimed unemployment one time.
    No wonder so many people are on welfare and good stamps. If they added those numbers to the unemployment rates then they might have a better picture of what its really like for those of us who really want to work. Hell, I would ‘make’ more money on gov assistance than I would actually getting a real job. And I’d be able to get even more handouts because Id be on welfare!!! Like the free Obama phone, free bus passes and free obamaCare.

    And they wonder why the world is all screwed up!!!

  13. My wife was laid off from Qualcom Nov/2015. She started collecting her unemployment in /February 2016 and she received her 6 months of benefits. She did a online class while she was looking for work. She has not received any unemployment money since Sept/2016. Is she entailed to an extension in unemployment payments.

    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.

  14. I lost my job in April 2016. The last check I got was in Dec 3, 2016. I am in California. Are there extensions available in California?

  15. Hi.
    I am seeing a trend of people unable to pay for their existence on this planet due to the fact that there truly is no freedom to exist here unless you are paying into the system, or have done so in the recent past(25weeks) in some way or other, or have been born into an incredibly wealthy family.
    Does this not look like slavery? Has America become a smoldering hell pit of humans feeding off (the labor) other humans?
    I am facing a similar dilemma as all the others I’ve read about here. I even went and ran up $30,000.00 in student loans in order to be more competitive and not have to worry about finances. Ha, but now I am not only stressed about daily survival and such, but the looming shadow of my student loans!
    Yeah, I think we’re all in Hell… short of paper marked “In God We Trust”.
    More like, “In Golf We Trust”! Cause that’s where the owners of all these jobs are…playing golf.

  16. Even though I was awarded benefits for a full year, I just learned my benefits ended which was a shock. I called to find out why and was told: Even though benefits are awarded for a year, when you reach the maximum money benefit you’re done…the money is to last you the whole year. Would have been helpful if that was clearly explained in the beginning to plan accordingly. Was also told the federal government stopped extended benefits in 2013. Lee

    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.

    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.

  17. My claim balance just hit zero. I am aware that the extension is expired but considering how meager my claim balance was to begin with & being certain that I have accrued more unemployment funds from previous jobs – why is there not more money in my account?

    1. Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim information. You may call the Unemployment Office for further details in this regard.

  18. My unemployment benefits will be out by 12/3/16. I am 75 years old and need to work at least some. I am an RN and have not been able to find employment thus far. My EED requirements state I need to be able and available…I do not HAVE to look for work. I have been looking anyway as fully retiring does not seem to be a possibility. We are looking to downsize but that takes time. Was hoping for an extension as this would be very helpful.

    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.

  19. I lost my job of 8 years in December 2015. I found a new job in April of 2016. I was laid off from the new job in August of 2016. I am nearing the end of funds my original claim. Can I reapply for Unemployment insurance again after the initial claim has ended?

    1. Well, Unemployment Insurance is a one-time payment only. It is not revolving in nature.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  20. I filed for a claim in April of this year (2016). On my UI online account it says I have a benefit year from April 16 – April 17, but I’m receiving my final benefit claim this week. Is there anyway I can get an extension? I’ve was with that previous company for 3 years. I’ve been looking for jobs like crazy and haven’t had any luck at all.
    Please help.
    Thank you,
    Nick

    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.

        1. Well, as far as I am aware, it’s a standard program for all classes of claimants. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  21. 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.

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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