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Unemployment Insurance (UI) Data Dashboard

The EDD has several Unemployment Data Dashboards to illustrate the continued demand for unemployment benefits during the pandemic:

  • Unemployment Data Dashboard Report
  • Unemployment Initial Claims Backlog Dashboard
  • Unemployment Continued Claims Backlog Dashboard

We are also compiling UI claims trend data (XLS) for each major data category beginning with data over the last several weeks. Visit Quick Stats for UI claims data by county, which is generally a month behind state data. Localized data will be posted when available.

Unemployment Claims Total Dashboard
Current Week Prior Weeks Total
February 27, 2021 Week Ending March 7, 2020 – February 20, 2021 Week Ending March 7, 2020 – February 27, 2021
Total Applications Submitted
(Approximate UI Online applications received from unemployed workers)1
Regular UI 19,558 6,194,622 6,214,180
PUA 10,361 4,638,536 4,648,897
PEUC2 19,940 2,638,537 2,658,477
FED-ED3 761 588,441 589,202
Total 50,620 14,060,136 14,110,756
Total Claims Processed
(Approximate applications processed by the EDD including reopened claims)4
Regular UI 88,128 12,252,887 12,341,015
PUA 27,062 4,428,258 4,455,320
PEUC2 47,543 3,297,126 3,344,669
FED-ED3 3,015 581,193 584,208
Total 165,748 20,559,464 20,725,212
Total Benefits Paid
(Approximate combination of first benefit payments and continued claim biweekly payments)5, 6
Regular UI $546 million $62.8 billion $63.4 billion
PUA $875 million $46.9 billion $47.7 billion
PEUC2 $872 million $11.5 billion $12.3 billion
FED-ED3 $224 million $2.6 billion $2.8 billion
Total $2.5 billion $124 billion $126 billion
Individuals Paid Benefits7, 8
(Expressed as four-week rolling totals to account for different biweekly payment cycles)
Regular UI 2,572,000 2,473,000
PUA 1,243,000 1,189,000
Total 3,815,0009 3,662,00010
  1. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PUA was implemented in California on April 28, 2020. This data includes new initial claims only.
  2. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was implemented in California on May 27, 2020. PEUC claims are an extension of a regular UI claim. For the week ending February 20, 2021, PEUC total weeks claimed was 396,974.
  3. FED-ED was implemented in California on July 1, 2020. FED-ED claims are an extension of a regular UI claim.
  4. Claims processed through UI Online, along with about 5% of claims that arrive via paper or phone. This accounts for claims received in the current week as well as past weeks. The data also includes claims that are reopened when there is a break in certifying for benefits. For example, when the claimant returns to work but then later comes back to collect benefits on their initial claim. The total claims processed from March 7, 2020, to February 27, 2021, may include multiple claims from the same applicant.
  5. Includes $600 federal stimulus payments the EDD added to each week of regular UI, PUA, PEUC, and FED-ED benefits from March 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020. And includes the additional $300 federal stimulus payments from December 27, 2020 to March 13, 2021. Regular UI benefits are paid out of California's UI Trust Fund with contributions from employers. PUA, PEUC, FED-EDD, and the $600 and $300 federal stimulus payments are paid for by the federal government. The total benefits paid may not add up due to rounding of data.
  6. Starting September 5, 2020, the total benefits paid amount includes the additional $300 from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. LWA payments are provided to claimants in addition to their weekly benefit amount for weeks of unemployment between July 26 and September 5, 2020. LWA payments have totaled approximately $7.7 billion. The LWA total benefits paid row was removed to avoid double counting.
  7. Counts include individuals claiming regular UI, PEUC, and FED-ED benefits. If an individual claims a regular UI, PEUC, or FED-ED benefits in a four-week rolling time period, they are only counted once.
  8. Four-week rolling totals accommodate for numerous variables that dictate what claimants receive benefits in any given biweekly period. Data excludes claimants who were fully employed, disqualified or had excessive earnings that would disqualify them for a week of benefits.
  9. Four-week rolling total between week ending February 6, 2021, and week ending February 27, 2021.
  10. Four-week rolling total between week ending January 30, 2021, and week ending February 20, 2021.