A) To determine if you qualify for unemployment benefits in California, you must meet several requirements. These include:
- You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. This means you were laid off or let go due to lack of work or company downsizing, for example.
- You must have earned enough wages in the past 12-18 months. In California, you must have earned at least $1,300 in your highest-earning quarter and at least $900 in your second-highest-earning quarter during the base period (the first four of the last five quarters).
- You must be able to work and actively looking for work. This means you are willing and able to accept suitable employment and are making reasonable efforts to find work.
- You must be physically able to work. You must be physically able to perform the duties of the jobs you are seeking.
- You must meet all other eligibility requirements, including those related to your immigration status and any other relevant factors.
If you meet these requirements, you can apply for unemployment benefits in California. You can apply online through the EDD website, by phone, or in person at your local EDD office.
You can use the California Unemployment Benefit Calculator to get an estimate of your weekly benefit amount. Once you submit your application, the EDD will verify your eligibility and wage information to determine your actual weekly benefit amount.
To apply for unemployment benefits, you can file a claim online, by phone, or by mail. You can find more information on how to file a claim on the EDD website.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for unemployment benefits, you can contact the EDD at 1-800-998-2327.