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.
How much unemployment will I get in CA?
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.
Who is eligible for unemployment?
According to the Department of Labor, you need to meet two criteria to qualify for unemployment: You are unemployed through no fault of your own: That means you are out of a job due to reasons beyond your control, like a layoff. So, if you quit your job or are fired for gross misconduct, you’re not eligible.
Where do I apply for unemployment?
To receive unemployment benefits, you need to file a claim with the unemployment program in the state where you worked.
- You should contact your state’s unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.
- Generally, you should file your claim with the state where you worked.
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