California Unemployment Insurance Benefits

California Unemployment Insurance Benefits

All filings for unemployment benefits in the State of California are overseen by the Employment Development Department's Unemployment Insurance Program. This program provides partial wage replacement to eligible people who are actively seeking work. Payments are made directly to individuals who meet all eligibility

requirements and successfully complete the application process.

All applicants who file for any type of California unemployment insurance benefit must meet certain eligibility criteria. These criteria include:

  • Having been employed and receiving enough wages during the 18 months prior to application to establish a claim.
  • Being unemployed through no fault of their own.
  • Being totally or partially unemployed.
  • Being physically able to work.
  • Be actively seeking new employment.
  • Being immediately available for any new employment offered.

The Department does collect information from applicants to determine if they are unemployed through no fault of their own. In cases where someone has been fired from or voluntarily quits a job, the Department will contact employers for their input. A determination will then be made on a claimant's eligibility.

Filing A Claim
Filing a California unemployment benefit claim can be done through the Employment Development Department in any one of the following three ways:

Electronically – The on-line application form, eApply4UI, is available through the Department's web site main menu. Information is completed on-line and then submitted to to Department electronically. This is the fastest way for applicant's to submit a claim.

Telephone – Applications can be made through an automated self-service telephone line at 866-333-4606. Applicants will be asked a series of questions during which their answers are recorded.

Paper Application – A paper application can be completed by obtaining the Department form titled DE 1101. This form can be completed on-line and printed out or printed and then completed by hand. The form can then be mailed or faxed for processing.

To properly complete an application it is important to have all essential information at hand. This information includes providing a complete mailing address, working telephone number, state driver's license or ID card number and detailed information about all employers an applicant worked for in the previous 18 months. Any incorrect or incomplete information required can significantly delay processing and benefit payments.

Once an application is received, the Department will mail the applicant a package of additional information and requests for documents, if needed. It is essential that all additional requests for information or copies of documents be provided in a timely manner in order to begin receiving unemployment benefits. Once all information is received, a final interview will then be conducted either over the phone or in-person.

Benefits Received
An unemployment claim is effective for one year during which eligible applicants can receive anywhere from 12 to 26 weeks of full payments. Benefit amounts range from $40 to $450 based upon an applicant's total wages during the previous 12 month period. Additional payments may also be granted based upon actions by Congress or the California Legislature.

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