Applying for Unemployment Compensation in Fontana, CA

Find out where you need to go to apply for unemployment benefits in California and how to get help with the application process.

How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Fontana, CA?

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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, some states are imposing restrictions on people gathering in public locations. This may affect your ability to access physical offices of the the California Employment Development Department in person. Check California's unemployment insurance agency website for more information. And, read on to find out how you can file for unemployment insurance benefits in California online or by phone.

If You Are Still Employed: You may be eligible for emergency paid sick leave or paid family leave under a new federal law, the Families First Coronavirus Act. Some states also 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 about these programs. And, if you are out of work or your hours have been reduced due to COVID-19, you may be entitled to enhanced unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

California's unemployment insurance agency website gives you the information you need to apply for unemployment insurance in California. The California Employment Development Department’s website tells you:

  • What information you’ll need on hand to apply for unemployment insurance benefits
  • How to apply online for unemployment insurance benefits
  • How to apply for unemployment insurance benefits by phone by calling the California Employment Development Department at 800-300-5616
  • How to calculate the amount of unemployment insurance benefits you can receive, and
  • What to do to keep receiving unemployment insurance benefits in California.

Where's the California Unemployment Insurance Agency?

Most applications for unemployment insurance benefits in California can be filed online or by phone, so you don’t need to go to the California Employment Development Department offices in person. California's unemployment insurance agency website gives instructions on how to file an application for benefits. The coronavirus outbreak is leading to a huge influx of unemployment applications across the nation, and some state websites have had trouble handling the increased traffic. Expect delays and be persistent. 

If you prefer not to file online, you can find out about other ways to file by calling 800-300-5616 .

Getting Help Online or By Phone

If you want to talk to a live person, or if you want to find out how to apply for benefits with a paper form, you can talk to a representative of the California Employment Development Department at 800-300-5616 .

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