Coronavirus Update! -- What California Residents Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits
As the coronavirus continues to keep businesses closed across the country, the unemployment rate remains high. If you have lost your job in California, you can apply for unemployment benefits at the California Employment Development Department. Find resources about how unemployment claims relating to COVID-19 will be handled in California.
As of the end of January 2021, more than 18 million people were collecting some form of unemployment. This figure includes the millions of employees who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the steps state and local governments have taken to contain it, from orders shutting down nonessential businesses to shelter-in-place restrictions, school closures, and more. It also includes millions of gig workers, contractors, and self-employed people who are collecting unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
If You Are Still Employed: Some states provide paid time off that may be available to you. See Am I Entitled to Paid Sick Leave, Family Leave, or Vacation Time in California to learn more.
Federal and state governments have made changes to their unemployment programs, to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. more...