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California Unemployment Extension

Updated : January 25th, 2019

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. Hi,

    My unemployment will be ending Nov.8th, 2016. I just certified for benefits on October 9th. so I wont certify again till October 23rd.
    I will be starting school today and I know if I put that in my certification it will dely benefits, but will they give me an extension because I am in school?

    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.

  2. I can’t seem to find an update on extended benefits. Is the extended benefits and/or emergency benefits still “expired” or have they been reinstated ?

    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.

  3. I filed for UI in January 2016, and received the maximum $450/ bi weekly payment for 6 months.. my claim form says by benefit ends 1/17/17…however my last claim form says my benefit will end next week…
    which is it? 1/17 or has my UI run out?

    1. In California, your benefit term will be one year. So like you said from January 17 2016 to January 17 2017. But the benefit amount will only be allotted for 6 months of pay. Once the amount of money runs out, that’s it. As of right now, no extensions. For example, I worked part time while receiving my benefits, so the amount of money that I was granted ended up being spred over 8 months instead of 6. But once all of the allotted money was dispensed, I received no more benefits. If you have not been working, and receiving the full amount each week, your benefits should be done within 6 months.

    1. As far as I am aware, extension will not be available. Please keep a track of unemployment news in your state for updates.

  4. Hi,

    I lost my job in October 2015. Filed for UE in January 2016 was given roughly six months worth of coverage. How can I file for an extension? Thank you.

  5. I recently exhausted my unemployment claim and would like an extension. From reading the posts that seems unlikely. I may have take social security benefits but will that disqualify me from receiving unemployment. I am almost 65.

    1. Well, that is right. Extension in benefits is currently not an option.

      Please explore other schemes available in your state.

  6. Hi, My UI benefit year expired last month and I applied for another claim as I have not yet found a job and was sent a notice previously that I can file another claim once my benefit year was up. After filing for a new claim, I received a notice of UI Award letter with a lesser weekly benefit amount. I even got a continued claim form to fill out. Then a few days later I got notice of determination on invalid claim section 1277 with no appeal form attached. I am confused. Do I qualify or not qualify for new benefits?

    1. You may not be eligible. UI benefits are only receivable once. Please call the claims center for further information.

  7. So what your saying is a hard working person with over 20 years with a company will receive 26 weeks of unemployment but people on welfare and food stamps live on it for life> Wow what a compromise the government makes to only help those that wont help themselves but screw the working class person. That’s are tax dollars working for us!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Hello,

    My 26 week benefits are almost up. I’m still currently job searching and don’t have anything line up as if now. Can I get more information regarding applying for the extension program?

    Thank you!

    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.

  9. The government employment numbers are a fraud. People either aren’t filing for benefits because they have run or people have given up on looking for jobs. Government fraud at it’s best. I know many people who remain out of work.

  10. Hi there! I was laid off in October 2015, my benefits expire October 2016. However, the six month term is up April 25th. I was able to obtain a part time job, so even though my 6 month term is up in approximately a month, I still have a few thousand in benefits left. Am I required to file for an extension after April 25 for the remainder of the balance?

    Also my husband and I are moving out of state at the end of the month. Will this effect my benefits, as well as the potential extension application for the remainder of my balance?

    Thank you for your time.

    1. You can only be eligible to claim and receive up to 26 weeks of UI benefits. There is no extension.

      If you’re moving out, please inform the Unemployment Office in your state. You can either continue filing from the old state or transfer to the new one.

  11. Hello i need help… My claim is from August 2015-August 20 2016. My account showsi only have 1wk left of benefits. Are there any extensions available at this time 2016? If so, is there a waiting period or will it automatically be applied. cus i called the lady said their is no such thing as any extenstions they all stoped in 2013? Otherwise, how does an emergency extensions work?! I’ve applied for many jobs& been trying really hard to find someone to watch my 7,month old that is not a arm & a leg. but im having no luck at all….no one is willing to watch her. & these jobs are taking forever with their process or I’m not selected to move forward. I don’t know what to expect or what too do I’m trying really hard & I have rent to pay & Pge to pay for… Its so hard I ride the bus all over with her…I had to quit my Job to raise my baby girl… Please help me … What can I do….. My email is .. (( ))please let me know if you can help me any kind of way to help. Thank u so much.

    1. Crystal,

      We can understand your situation. 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 to check if there are any benefits available.

  12. My claim is from September 2015-September 2016. My account shows a month left of benefits. Are there any extensions available at this time? If so, is there a waiting period or will it automatically be applied. Otherwise, how does an emergency extensions work?! I’ve applied for jobs and have been on many interviews but these jobs are taking forever with their process and or I’m not selected to move forward. I don’t know what to expect. Please help!!!

    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.

  13. I was terminated in October, I started receiving benefits Nov 1, 2015 in California. I recently moved back to Illinois. I have an opportunity to work 2 days a week, until a full time position is available. Will accepting this PT Position effect my weekly unemployment benefits. Is there a threshold on the amount you can earn while collecting?

    1. It will have a bearing on your existing benefits.

      Please contact the claims center on the phone numbers provided for specific details.

  14. My unemployment claim is almost ready to expire. Can I still apply foe disability insurance after unemployment is used up and I still have no job?

  15. This is such bs. We are entitled to the money we put into this insurance. How the hell are they going to give us 26 weeks after we put in decades of work. Blood sweat and tears to get 6 months of UI then nudge on the internet to rev up job searches. Hello have you seen todays society?!

  16. I was laid off in December 2014 after working for the same company for 19 years. I received unemployment for six months starting at the end of December in 2014. I also received a nine month severance which ran out in September 2015. I worked for nine weeks with a temp service which ended December 2015. January 1st I reapplied for Unemployment insurance stating that I had only worked for nine weeks in 2015 and wanted to see if I qualified for insurance. They approved me, however, I notice on the letter the put the amount from the company I was laid off with in 2014? (But my application I only included the temp agency and amount) Then they called me and stated I was being accused of fraud! (I was very upset) They rude guy on the phone stated I neglected to put wages I earned from my previous company in 2015! But I stated I didn’t work for them that year but it was only severance. He refused to believe me, but said he would have to check. (Go right ahead I have the separation notice!!) But didn’t like how he treated me. Now I am scared to accept any payment, will they include money from the company I worked for in 2014 or just the temp agency? I was only asking for a small amount for the nine weeks I did. I had no idea they would try to go after my large company

  17. I worked for 20+ years for KAIL TV, the station sold and I was let go late June 2015. My benefit year is 06/28/2015 – 06/25/2016 Why does it say after 6 months:
    Maximum Benefits Paid

    You have received all benefits payable to you at this time. You cannot file another California Unemployment Insurance claim until your current benefit year ends.

    Claim Summary

    Last Payment Issued
    $900.00 on 12/28/2015

    Claim Balance

    Weekly Benefit Amount

    Benefit Year
    06/28/2015 – 06/25/2016

    Work Search Requirements
    You must be able and available for work and look for full-time work each week.

    Week 1 Certification Status
    Paid for week ending 01/02/2016

    Week 2 Certification Status

    1. Its simply because all the allotted benefit weeks have been paid out. There is no money in your account.

      If you see any discrepancy, please call the claims center.

  18. My year claim ends($) Jan.9, 2016 but I been told I have to wait tell April for a new claim and I have a job that starts in March (spring) so I don’t know what I can do for money by then besides go to G.R.welfare for food and the last date worked was Oct.3, 2015 1 full 3 months thank you for your time !!! Happy New Year ?

  19. Are there any extensions available now? And if not, is there any talks of bringing back extensions?
    I’ve worked my whole life and was laid off the day I returned from maternity leave. I received 26 weeks of benefits and was cut off with no extension available.
    Hoping that may be changing soon.

    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.

      There seems to be no hope of renewal. The only thing you could do is to rev up job searches.

  20. I started collect unemployment at 64 and turned 65 during the 26 week period. The 26 weeks will expire inn October. Can I get extended benefits through some program, for example, senior etc.

    Do companies need to hire a certain % or # of seniors. I read about goals to hire women and other groups. Are seniors considered a similar group?

    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.

      We have no information with regard to the hiring policy for senior citizens. Please check online.

  21. If the government can find billions of dollars to help aid other countries and their people, why can’t they spend money to help aid people in their own country?
    Passing the Harry Reid recommendation of 3 months extension would be a significant step forward while a overall plan is finalized. People need help!
    If people in the US are laid off due to foreign country buying the company and outsourcing all jobs to India; is there any kind of special help for this group of people?

  22. I have only about 4 months left of unemployment. my claim is open until june of 2016. Can I not certify for benefits to try and extend my funds in the event I have not found employment.

  23. I know as of December 2013, Congress didn’t renew federal unemployment extension. However in times of unemployment of 5% or higher, they may provide an extension. The state of California is currently at 6.1%. Does that no longer matter because federal extension is no longer offered? Should I go into a local office,
    or job center to see what my state options are?

    1. That was a different extension scheme which I believe is no longer available, like the E.U.C.

      You can certainly check with the labor authorities in your state.

  24. A friend of mine was recently on unemployment and was able to extend his benefits another 3 months after the initial 6 month period. This was just a few months ago. I am reading the posts and it looks like this benefit no longer exists? When did it stop? My benefits will stop in about two months and I was planning on filing an extension, thanks.

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. It stopped since the Congress failed to extend it back in Dec 2013.

  25. What if my Benefit Award Amount for the year is depleted and I find a job and start working. If don’t make more than the $1800 a month I am currently receiving from unemployment, will I be able to sort of extended my unemployment benefits in that way? Will they be able to pull funds from another source like the my previous years claim or from the employer I had a year ago?

  26. My claim balance is about $9000. That is a little more than four months worth of benefits. Since I filed a claim just before working at the job I just got laid off from, can they pull funds from my previous claim to pay me a little longer? I filed my first claim in July of 2014 and my newest one June 2015. I was only paid UI benefits for a week for my 1st claim before I found a job. Now I am unemployed again.

  27. My UI benefits just ran out, but I was told I can reapply 1yr.from my original file date, in Feb. 2016. What are my chances of getting more unemployment monies?

    1. Not sure if you can reapply since unemployment insurance is a one time affair.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  28. I have exhausted my benefits and claim does not expire until 01-23-16
    Will I be able to reopen claim then?
    Can I file for an extension?

  29. Do they have extensions for veterans? I’ve been receiving UI benifits for 6 months and yet to find a job that can cover my cost of living.

    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.

  30. My claim expires 1-30-16, and the amount in balance is $1287. Will an extension be put into place to continue until expiration of claim? Do I need to do anything to remain in the system?

  31. I received unemployment 09/2014 until 03/2015. I have still not found a job in my career. Am I eligible to reapply for benefits at this time. This is the first time that I have been unemployed since 1978. I have worked full time since 1978.

    1. I am afraid, Unemployment Insurance benefits are not revolving in nature.

      Please look up for other forms of benefits or programs for the unemployed.

  32. I filed for unemployment last September my benefits ran out in april. I didn’t qualify for an extension but I was told to reapply the first week of September. I still haven’t found a job what are the odds of me getting approved? And this reapply doesn’t count as an extension correct?

    1. Looks like you’ve exhausted regular state provided UI benefits.

      There is not extension of benefits available at this time.Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  33. I filed for benefits on 01/10/2014 after being laid off working for this company for 3 years. My claim expires 01/10/2015 and I noticed l have 3 weeks left. Will I be notified for an extension or automatically be done for me.

  34. After working 28 years at the same job my office closed. I filed a claim in January of 2014, the claim expires 01-03-15, however, my claim balance is now showing $972 that is about 3 weeks of benefits. I have not found a job. Can benefits be extended since the claim has not expired or am I out of luck? I have paid into this for 28 years and never filed a claim. Please advise what I should do.

    1. What you have been approved for is what you get.

      Please check with the labor dept in case of any known discrepancies.

  35. Recently went to social security to apply. Was told I can collect both UI and SS at same time without penalty or having to state on claim form question#6. Is this true? I am still actively looking for work and do not want my benefits to be reduced or stopped. Thank you for your prompt reply.

    1. Some states encourage both SS and UI benefits.

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state to get more info.

  36. As far as UI Federal Extended Benefits, Yes, a great divide exists in understanding of those who have and those who have not..I encourage those who have/have not to gain and build on existing skills and become involved in the political system of the United States. To do otherwise, gives away personal power, the vote, it is very unfortunate that someone, such, as J. Boehner acquired both wealth and power. He has lost a general respect for and understanding of the American people, especially the working class. He has dehumanized that class of people and in doing so, as has dehumanized himself. He needs to look in the mirror for an honest appraisal of himself and ask himself how does greed enter into his motivation and decision making process. Furthermore, he is blaming the victims), the working class.
    This is May 20, 2014…it takes $$$$ to live and care for our families and basic needs. The research has demonstrated basic needs first, long-term unemployed mortality rate is higher etc. Many people without any monthly allowances are working hard at surviving and many have health problems or disabilities.
    Wake up or get out of office….
    Thank you.

    1. I am beyond frustrationw this uunemployment bs…they owe my husband 6 wks of paid…but yet can not get a hold of anyone…the last my husbsnd spoke to a rep they told him everything looks update and he will be receving his benifits…yes he did get what was told..but 1 wks worth that was in january of this yr…how do we get the money owes to us…where over are heads in debts. ..

    2. Like a lot of other people, I lost my job last age 60 after working fulltime for most of my life and was shocked when my unemployment benefits stopped after only 6 mos. And like a lot of other people, I was also told to reapply in 6 mos. if I hadn’t found another job. Wow, I just received the denial letter in the mail yesterday! I now join the community of good, hardworking middle class America getting socked in the stomach. I am so sorry to all of you out there wondering how are we going to make it.

  37. We need to sign this petition to the president.
    Respectfully Requesting President Barack Obama to Issue an Executive Order to Extend…
    I think I speak for many when I say that I am truly happy for 7.1 million Americans that now have health care. However, at this very moment there are over 2 million and counting losing their unemployment which is resulting in people losing their basic shelter, utilities and ability to by food.. Whil…

  38. How can I tell if I qualify for an extension. I exhausted my State of CA unemployment claims as I didn’t have much built up because I had only worked about six months.

  39. God Please take control of these people minds so that they’ll understand that families are doing without like myself. Dear God people don’t understand because they are still employed and are able to keep a roof over their heads. Dear God I putting it in yourhand almighty we need you NOW to take control. AMEN

  40. is congress playing with us az if they were god they are forseing us to lose everything that we all worked hard for. i would not be surprized if pepeole start killing each other or them selfs due to all this playing around in the goverment WHEN WILL THEY PASS THE EXTENTION ? OR IS THIS A JOKE THE GOVERMENT PLAYING ON US

  41. I was laid off my job with Cathedral Catholic High School due to cut backs at the school. I received unemployment benefits from 10/19/13 thru 3/9/14. May I reapply for Ca. state unemployment right away?


    1. Unfortunately,extension remains expired due to congressional debate.Please stay up to date with national news for any information on extension.
      You may please explore other benefits offered such as “Workers compensation” to check if you can find any relief.You may also speak to a representative from the labor department in CA for any additional benefits.


  44. i was wondering if you can help me with a problem i have can not get an answer from uib for my backpay from june 2013 its about four weeks they owe me can you find something out and let me by mail please

  45. My wife was layed off a job that she had worked on for 26 years.She has never collected or filed for UI before. She also is the 6 figures income. Now that she has filed and started to get her UI it was cut off with no reason given. We live in AZ but she worked in CA.We haven’t had a check from Sep 4 to today. CA told us today the mix up is because we live in AZ and work in CA. Now they are saying that they will reinstate her UI but there is another two week waiting period, What a bunch of BS. Someone that has never collected before and we get nothing but hassels,and to top it all off we have to waite for a back payment check I still do not trust CA …Any and all help would be great.

  46. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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