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California Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Unless exempt by law, you must keenly seek work each week you certify for unemployment benefits. America’s Job Center of California provides resources to help make the most out of your job search. Take advantage of these no-cost resources and work with the EDD to build up an effective work search plan that suits your needs.

Looking for work is not a simple task, but the resources of the EDD and local partners are there to assist you! Go to your state employment website for more information about all the no-cost help available to you.

The EDD is more than just a place you have to register your resume with CalJOBS to meet UI eligibility criteria. It can help you know about different kinds of jobs, their availability, and how to get training for a new career path. Call the EDD for more information and assistance with planning an effective work search.

Keep in mind, to receive benefits; you must constantly confirm that you are able, available, and willing to accept suitable work.

Probable clashes like attending school during work hours or limitations with child care or transportation could limit your work availability and be an eligibility issue. Report such issues on your bi-weekly certification.

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  1. If my husband has PCS military orders, how soon can I resign from my position and receive unemployment benefits in order to pack-up home and prepare to leave the state? Obviously you don’t want to resign too early, but what is the window for resignation and spouse’s new report date to be able to file claim.

    • Andrea,

      As much as I am aware, there are no timelines on ‘how soon’. Perhaps, you can call the Unemployment Office in your state to clarify and proceed accordingly.

  2. I have recently started receiving benefits .
    Could daycare conflict affect my eligibility?
    I have a 20 month old and I have trouble finding someone to watch her.

    • Gina,

      That is correct. It will have an impact on your claim if the daycare hampers your prospects of applying for a full-time job. Please call the Claims Center for more help.

  3. If I am getting unemployment benefits in CA from a seasonal job, do I still have to look for work to continue receiving benefits during the winter?

    • Jack,

      I am not sure of a definite answer to your question. Please call the Unemployment Office for detailed instructions.

      • Ok thank you. I mean, it just seems a little unethical to me to collect unemployment money when I am fully capable of working a different job in the off season. My co-workers seem to like this approach, but it sounds unethical if not illegal. Just wondering if they found a loophole (excuse) not to work.

  4. I work full time and am about to go one maternity leave. I have a feeling that when I am ready to work again my employer is going to offer me a part time job.

    If I turn down the part time offer will I qualify for unemployment?

    • Kristi,

      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 for more information.

  5. What is the minimum amount of employers one must report in order to receive weekly benefits in California?

  6. If I apply in California then relocate, am I still able to receive benefits while searching for a job in my new location?

  7. I am collecting UI benefits, was offered an out-of-state job starting 8/14 (about 7 weeks away). Am I eligible to collect UI benefits during this 7 week gap? If so, how do I report this event when I certify every other week?

    • You should be able to collect as long as you still remain “unemployed” without income.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  8. Hello,
    So i started receiving unemployment benefits a few weeks ago. Everytime i go to certify for my benefits it hasn’t required me to actually put down the places i have applied at. Why is that?

    • It can be a system glitch or you may be required to provide the information in a different section.

      Please call the Claims Center on the phone numbers to provided to find out.

  9. I have never received weekly form and I do have a hearing date. Question is can you please start sending me the weekly form so I can fill out. Or can someone call me and explain to me. 530-409-3089

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