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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

About the Program

Unemployment Insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for new work.

Payments made directly to the individual ensure that at least some of life’s necessities such as food, shelter and clothing can be met while looking for work.

The program benefits the individual and the local community. For the most part, UI benefits are spent in the local community, which helps sustain the economic well being of local businesses.

Unemployment Insurance is a federal-state program, based on federal law, but executed through state law. Employers finance the UI program by tax contributions. In California, the EDD administers the UI program according to guidelines established by the UI Code and the California Code of Regulations, Title 22.