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California Unemployment Insurance

What is California Unemployment Insurance Benefit?

Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.  The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.

All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.

If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault on your own.

How to Apply for California Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for California Unemployment Benefits using the following methods.

  • Access eApply4UI:
    Answers to questions are entered online. After the application is completed the individual submits it online to the Department. Note: This is the fastest way to file your claim.
  • Contact EDD by phone:
    Individuals will speak to a Department representative who will ask a series of questions and record the responses.
  • Complete a paper UI Application, DE 1101I

How much is California Unemployment Benefit?

Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months.  The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.

The maximum weekly California Unemployment Benefit is $450.  You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.

State Year Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit UI Term
California 2014-2015 $450 26 Weeks

How long can you receive California Unemployment Benefit?

In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit.  During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.

California Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:

Contact the California Department of Labor at 1-800-300-5616 for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Website: http://www.edd.ca.gov/

Unemployment Insurance
Employment Development Department
P.O. Box 826880 – UIPCD, MIC 40
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001