"California Unemployment Insurance (UI)"

How it works, Eligibility, Benefit, Duration & How to Apply ?

What is California Unemployment Insurance ?

California UI is a government program designed to provide temporary financial assistance to eligible individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

How California Unemployment Insurance Works ?

Unemployment Insurance program is funded by employer payroll taxes and administered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). 

If the your California UI application is approved, the claimant will be required to certify every two weeks to confirm their continued eligibility and to receive payment.

Who is Eligible for California Unemployment Insurance ?

To qualify for UI benefits in California, you must have worked in the state during the past 12 to 18 months and meet certain earnings requirements.


How Much is Unemployment Insurance in California?

The amount of your benefits is based on your past earnings and ranges from $40 to $450 per week. There is a maximum weekly benefit amount that varies from year to year.

How Long Does Unemployment Insurance Last in California ?

In California, the maximum duration of UI benefits is 26 weeks. During times of high unemployment, the federal government may extend the number of weeks.

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How to Apply for California Unemployment Insurance?


To file a claim for California UI benefits, a person can either file online through the EDD website or by phone, or by mail.