Benefit Year End

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A regular unemployment insurance benefit year ends 12 months after the claim started. Once your benefit year ends:

You must reapply for a new claim if you earned enough wages (paid by an employer) in the last 18 months and are still unemployed or working part time. We will notify you when your new claim is processed. This usually takes two to three weeks.

  • If you’re unsure if you have enough wages as reported by an employer, log in to UI OnlineSM and select File New Claim. We will do one of the following:
    • Immediately tell you that you do not have enough wages to establish a new claim.
    • Provide instructions on how to submit a new application.

For more information, refer to the unemployment benefit calculator. The calculator will help you determine if you’ve earned enough wages and provide an estimate of your weekly benefit amount.

If you served in the military, worked for a federal government agency, or worked in a state outside of California within the last 18 months, you must reapply for a new claim by phone, mail, or fax.

You do not need to reapply if you did not earn enough wages (paid by an employer) in the last 18 months to establish a new claim. To find your benefit year end date, log in to UI OnlineSM and view your Claim Summary. Your benefit year end date is 12 months after the start of your Benefit Year.

For more information, refer to your Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award (DE 429Z).

Find your claim type.

  1. Log in to UI Online.
  2. Select Claim Status Tracker.
  3. View Claim Details section, it will display your Claim Type.

Your claim balance shows the maximum benefit amount that can be collected on your claim or extension. It is not necessarily the full amount that you will collect. If you have an active claim and do not certify for certain weeks, you could be disqualified for those weeks and still have a balance on your claim. Also, if you are eligible for reduced weekly benefits, there will be a balance left when your claim ends.

A federal unemployment program or extension claim may have a maximum number of weeks, but based on the date you were first eligible for benefits, the program may have ended before you collected the maximum number of weeks.

Federal law does not allow benefits to be paid after a claim ends, even if there is a balance remaining on your claim. If you were on an extension, you could have been awarded up to the maximum number of weeks. However, the last date payable for a claim, or federal unemployment program, would end all benefit payments on that claim. For example, if you were placed on a FED-ED extension on September 5, 2021, that extension would have been available for up to 13 weeks. However, the last date payable for any FED-ED extension was September 11. Therefore, you would have only received one week of benefits, even though your claim balance shows the value of 12 weeks of benefits remaining.

What Happens Next?

Once we process your claim, you will receive an email and a text message. This usually takes two to three weeks.

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