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Getting Started: Unemployment Benefits

Learn what benefits are available, how to apply, and what to expect after you’ve used all of your benefits or your claim has expired.

When Your Benefit Year Ends

If it’s been more than one year since you applied for unemployment, you may need to file a new claim.

The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or had their businesses affected due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, we encourage the use of our online options.

For the latest Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim data available, visit the Newsroom.

If you already filed for UI, refer to our step-by-step instructions for what to expect through the course of your claim.

Latest News

  • Beginning July 23, 2021, if you have received at least one payment on your claim and have pending certifications for more than two weeks, we will process conditional payments while we determine eligibility.
  • Starting July 11, 2021, most people on unemployment will be expected to search for work to maintain their eligibility for benefits. We can help you meet the work search requirement.
  • For employers, we offer valuable no-cost programs, resources, and services to help you reopen your business and hire employees.
  • Visit COVID-19 financial resources for state programs and assistance including food, eviction protection, and mortgage relief.
  • The federal government approved legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits. This legislation:
    • Continues the federal increase for all unemployment benefits, which adds $300 to each week of benefits through September 4, 2021.
    • Extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) up to 29 weeks through September 4, 2021.
    • Continues the federally funded FED-ED through September 11, 2021, providing up to 20 weeks of benefits.
    • Adds an additional $100 per week for people who qualify for regular unemployment benefits and earned self-employment income.

    We will continue to provide updates as they become available. For the latest information, monitor Federal Provisions for Unemployment and your UI OnlineSM account.

View available unemployment benefits (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to specific questions you may have about COVID-19 and what programs and benefits may be available to you.

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Workers

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