California Unemployment Phone Number

Updated : June 18th, 2019

You can call the toll free number 1-866-333-4606 for unemployment insurance services. If you are calling to file a claim, you must call by Friday to collect credit for the week. This automated self-service system can be employed by customers who do not need to speak to a representative. Information is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

EDD representatives are available by phone Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time), except on California state holidays.

The list of UI phone numbers are:

English – 1-800-300-5616

Spanish – 1-800-326-8937

Mandarin – 1-866-303-0706

Cantonese – 1-800-547-3506

  1. How on God’s green earth are you ever suppose to file if you don’t own a computer. You are out of your minds if you think I’m going to enter my personal information on the Library computers.

    1. Maria,

      You might also have an option to file over the telephone line. In most states, filing on the internet is the norm these days. Personal info is generally secured by firewalls and anti-virus software.

  2. I needed to open a new claim by the 13th couldn’t get a hold of anyone by phone also tried online and never received a response , will I be penalized or denied now and is there a different phone number I can call to get help?

    1. Robert,

      You won’t be penalized for sure. Just that you’ll miss the weekly payment since it was not claimed on time. Please call the Claims Center for further information.

  3. My unemployment benifits ran out. Said I could reapply by Oct 13 have tried calling tried online and didn’t work what next. Will I still be able to apply even thou it’s past the date?

    1. Robert,

      As much as I am aware, the UI benefits program is a one-time affair. It’s not revolving. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  4. Faxed three weeks ago an last week mailed in Application form. Have done job search as is required by the State of Oregon . Sunday to Sunday is call in Have received no contact from EED. Have written prof of job search . Please contact me as there isn’t a employment center near Oregon an the phone lines are jammed up . No way other than mail. 1095 Benson Way Ashland Oregon.97520. Regards

    1. William,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claims file. Please call the Claims Center for an update.

  5. I am thinking of moving to Austin,TX with my family and looking for work. Would I be able to collect my unemployment simply by changing my address on the claim forms I submit or would I need to speak with someone about at the EDD office in CA about making this switch in their records?

  6. I know there is a job search requirement which is reported each week. What can I report if I do not see any new positions to apply for? I search each day, but have not found any jobs to apply for during the week?

    1. I think a specific number of applications are mandatory. Please call the Claims Center and speak to a representative for further information.

  7. I am trying to locate an unemployment office in or around Pleasanton/Dublin/Livermore, CA. I need to report a death of a relative who was receiving benefits. my tele # is 925-516-7781.

  8. Trying to call the ca edd ui office to talk to a human is a joke, I have called the 1(800)300-5616 number several days in a row at 8:00, immediately get a message that the they can not process my call due to the volume of messages received. Tried calling at various times through the morning (they supposedly only answer live calls till noon) and are sent directly to the automated self serve menus. Very frustrating and time wasting, no phone queuing or call back options, beginning to think there is really no one there. Tried ask edd, all I get is a blank web page.

    1. It can be challenging at time due to the call volumes. Let us know how we can help you.

      You may also want to consider the option of visiting the nearest office in your area.

  9. As a military veteran who was employed in California, would I file for unemployment insurance in California or in my home of record (which is also where I currently reside) in New Jersey?

  10. Over a year fighting appeals judge awards money finically but it’s been iver a year, now edd says only a few of my claims were recieved the rest lost can’t file on line need someone to help recover 31 checks then file to receive money , judge admitted I was harsessed by my x employmer and another judge also post office would return or lose my mail, after investigating my comaints agreed these events took place, need professional help to file

    1. Its best you take help from the customer service of the labor dept in your state as we don’t really know the nuances of filing in a specific state.

      You can call on the service line.

    1. Please note that each state has its own “Adjudication Process” which lays down procedure for addressing various conflicts and issues and you don’t need a lawyer necessarily.

      You may log onto to the website of the labor dept in your state for more information.

    1. If you have an active claim, please call the claims center of the labor dept in your state to ascertain the procedure to re open.

  11. I was supposed to receive a call this morning(some time btwn 8-10am) for my phone interview eligibility but did not hear from anyone. What should I do?

    1. Please check by calling up the labor dept in your state. Each one has its own legislation on how they with multiple benefits.

  12. how can I apply for unemployment if my company do not laid me off they don’t have any work for me over month and haft please call me or anwser me thanks 6195490115

  13. How do I speak to live person I was ask to call back give them information on my last job year to day address and contac person.

  14. I’m with Michelle, I filled in July and STILL have not received a check. Please let me know where and how I can get a hold of someone to figure out what the deal is.

  15. I filed a claim for unemployment insurance 3 weeks ago, and have not yet received a response. I have tried calling the numbers listed above, but have been able to get thru to representative. Is there another way for me to get thru to find out the status of my claim?

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