The California Employment Development Department (EDD) determines your weekly benefit amount by dividing your earnings for the highest paid quarter of the base period by 26, up to a maximum of $450 per week.
Benefits are available for up to 26 weeks.
How do they calculate unemployment?
How your unemployment benefits are determined
- Step 1: List your total wages in the last 4 quarters in which you worked.
- Step 2: Add the top two highest quarters of wages.
- Step 3: Divide the sum of the two highest quarters from Step 2 by 26 (the number of weeks in the combined quarters)
How long do you have to work to get unemployment in CA?
You don’t need to have worked for any specific length of time, but you must have earned sufficient wages during a predetermined base period to qualify for a claim. Generally, this means you must have started earning wages at least three months before you file for unemployment.17 Dec 2018
How long do you have to be at your job to collect unemployment?
Most states require applicants for unemployment to meet a minimum earnings threshold during the “base period”: a one-year period made up of the earliest four of the last five complete calendar quarters of the year before you apply for benefits.
Can you work part time and collect unemployment in California?
Workers in California whose hours have been cut or who have been laid off temporarily may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Even if you are still working part-time, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits, depending on your earnings and your situation.
How can I collect unemployment in California?
You must meet three eligibility requirements to collect unemployment benefits in California:
- Your past earnings must meet certain minimum thresholds.
- You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, as defined by California law.
- You must be able, available, and actively seeking work.
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