Employment Assistance

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Unemployment Benefits

  • Employment Development DepartmentWorkers who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own, such as in the case of a disaster, may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Eligibility for UI benefits requires that individuals be unemployed or working less than full time, be able to work, be seeking work, and be willing to accept a suitable job. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. If you already have a UI claim, the best way to reopen your claim is through UI Online. Visit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website at: www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/ways_to_file.htm.
    UI claims also can be filed by telephone at 1-800-300-5616. (For Cantonese, call 1-800-547-3506; For Mandarin, call 1-866-303-0706; For Spanish, call 1-800-326-8937; For Vietnamese, call 1-800-547-2058; For TTY, call 1-800-815-9387).

Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits now available for those affected by the California Wildfires
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.