Expedite Your Unemployment Insurance By Filing Online

What it is:
The EDD has two forms of unemployment assistance. Both applications are through the UI Online link below - the recommended way to apply.

New is the PUA or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance available as part of the federal CARES act. This program is designed to help unemployed California business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have a limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits.

Information about PUA is located here

How to Apply:
Both traditional unemployment insurance and the PUA program applications can be accessed via UI Online. UI Online is the State of California’s Employment Development Departments (EDD) web-based application process. You can access it here 

When to do it:
File the first week you lose your job or have your hours reduced. Your claim begins on the Sunday of the week you submitted your application.

What you’ll need:AFWD Unemployment Checklist
Use this handy checklist to the right to collect the necessary information before you sit down to apply. 

Tips to Simplify the Process:
We highly recommend watching this video. It will take you through the process, step by step. The 6 minutes it takes to watch is well worth the time it saves trying to navigate unfamiliar territory.