File for Unemployment – Overview

Unemployment Insurance

If you are out of work or have had your hours reduced, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Take the Necessary Steps

Learn how to qualify for unemployment benefits. Then, follow these steps to register and apply for unemployment, certify your benefits, and manage your claim.

Know Your Options

Find out if you qualify for unemployment and learn about the compensation and benefits you could receive. If you’re not sure where to start, review the Unemployment Benefit Programs Flowchart (PDF).

Unemployment During COVID-19

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. Learn More

Other Benefit Programs

Not eligible for unemployment?

If you’re not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible for Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, or Nonindustrial Disability Insurance.

Before You File for Unemployment

Have this important information ready as you prepare to file for unemployment.

Reopen a Claim

If you had an active claim and stopped certifying for continued benefits, you can reopen an unemployment insurance claim if it was filed within the last 52 weeks and you have not exhausted your benefits.

Save Time. Apply Online.

Once you register and create an account, file for unemployment online with UI OnlineSM.

Receive Your Benefits

Certifying for unemployment insurance benefits is a critical step to receive your benefit payments. You certify for benefits by providing us your eligibility every two weeks.

Certify with UI Online

Register and create an account with Benefit Programs Online. You can access your UI Online account to certify for benefits.

Your Account

Manage your unemployment insurance at all stages of your claim. Understand your role and responsibilities in making sure that certifying your benefits is reported accurately, and that you receive the correct amount.

Last Revised: 10/15/2020

Register and Create an Account

Creating an account is an important step as soon as you qualify for unemployment benefits.

With this account, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, reopen an existing claim, and manage a claim.

For Employers

COVID-19 Benefits

Understand what benefits are available, how to apply, and what to expect after applying.

Additional Resources

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