California Unemployment Weekly Claim

Updated : June 18th, 2019

In order to keep receiving an unemployment check every week you must file a weekly claim also known as a weekly certification or continued claim.

The reason of filing a weekly certification is to tell the unemployment agency that you:

  1. Are currently looking for a job.
  2. Did not do any work this week.
  3. Did not make any money this week (unless you are allowed to by the terms of your unemployment.)
  4. Did not find another job.
  5. Still want to receive an unemployment check or payment this week.

Thus, it is very important to file your weekly certification every week to keep collecting your unemployment check.

If you wait in filing your weekly certification, you may not get your unemployment check on time.

Also read about Job search requirements which are to be fulfilled each week you claim benefits.


  1. I do my claim online and I want to know how we find out if we missed filling out claim and how much is in my account

  2. This is my first time to be laid for working 34 years How would I know when my Edd ends l was laid off Jan 31st 2016 and I rcvd my first check 3-2-2016 will I be eligible to receive Edd for alt least a year tnx

    1. The UI benefits are determined on your wages earned in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      A claimant can receive up to 26 weeks of regular UI benefits on the basis of eligibility.

      1. I never received my weekly certification form so I can get paid . I did receive 1 form and I did get paid 1 week .

        1. Alex,

          You should receive a ‘Letter of Determination’ as official confirmation before you can start claiming. If you haven’t received one, please call the Unemployment Office.

  3. I didn’t receive my bi-weekly claim form in the mail for the period ending 7/2/16. I was still able to file online but was wondering if they even send out claim forms anymore

  4. I have sent 2 forms in,still havnt received a payment, let me know,the second form did not fit the envelope,sent it from san jose, will I have a payment,thanku jeanpaul_vroman

  5. where do i get the form that I send in every other week to recieve my benifits? your web sites are confusing and your phone lines are no help.

  6. My claim expires 03-01-14 but I was informed that my claim balance is running out. How do I get paid until my expiration date?

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