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Extended California Unemployment

Extended  California Unemployment

Eligibility for unemployment is determined when a claimant meets at least the following criteria:

  • A claimant must be jobless through no fault of their own.
  • A claimant must be physically able, available and willing to work.
  • A claimant must be actively seeking employment for which they are qualified.

Although self-employed individuals do not usually meet the criteria for unemployment eligibility, most others who work in California are eligible for unemployment benefits. Additionally, employment in other states may also qualify an individual for benefits.

Benefits are based on the highest period earnings for a base quarter that begins between 15 and 17 months before the date the claim is filed. The minimum amount paid per week is $40 and the maximum amount paid is $450 per week.

A claim for unemployment benefits lasts for one year and claimants can receive between 12 and 26 weeks of benefits during this time. When national and/or state unemployment is high, federal and/or state governments sometimes extend unemployment benefits for longer periods.

Currently, extended unemployment benefits are available for individuals who filed a claim before December 25, 2011 due an extension passed by Congress. Four tiers of federal extensions will extend California unemployment benefits to 99 weeks for the long-term unemployed.

The first tier adds up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits; the second tier adds up an additional 14 weeks of benefits; the third tier adds up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits; the fourth tier adds up to six more weeks. A separate FED-ED extension authorizes up to 20 more weeks of benefits for a total of up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits available for those who qualify for a regular unemployment claim. The filing deadline for the FED-ED extension and extension tiers two through four is January 1, 2012. Normally, claimants need to take no action to file for these extensions, they are done automatically through the California EDD.

Those who have exhausted all their regular benefits as well as their extensions are not eligible for additional benefits beyond the 99-week maximum authorized by Congress


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