How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in California?
If you recently lost your job, you might qualify for unemployment benefits: money paid by California’s unemployment insurance fund to those who are temporarily out of work, through no fault of their own. To receive benefits, you must file an application with the California Employment Development Department. The California Employment Development Department will determine whether you qualify for benefits and, if so, how much you will receive each week.
Are You Eligible for Benefits? To qualify for benefits, you must have earned a certain amount before losing your job, and you must be out of work for reasons that qualify under California’s rules. Learn more about California’s eligibility requirements.
Information You’ll Need to File Your Application
Before you apply, you should review the California Employment Development Department’s materials on unemployment. You’ll find helpful information and resources at the California Employment Development Department website. Also, check out the Unemployment Insurance: A Guide to Benefits and Employment Services, which provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on eligibility, filing for benefits, and claiming your benefits.