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Collecting Unemployment Insurance in California

If you worked in California in the last 18 months, you are likely to be eligible for mandatory unemployment benefits in the event of a job loss or lay-off. Collecting the benefits from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) can appear confusing, but it's not:

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How do I apply for benefits?

All you need to do is collect a little information and decide whether you want to call, go online, or send a form!

How do I keep my benefits coming?

You must return a form every week.

But am I eligible?

It doesn't hurt to apply anyway, but if you want to figure out why they will accept or reject your application, how much you can receive, and how long, here is some help.

Don't others need it more than I do?

No, there's a reason for the unemployment program, as long as you follow the rules.

...and here are some more resources if you need more help:

Why did they "disqualify" me? What happens now?

How can I appeal a disqualification? Does anyone ever win these things? (Yes, they do.)

What is the EDD? Can I go there in person?