Unemployment: How many times can I file?

Many people in California are out of work and claiming unemployment.

unemployment benefits application form

But how many times can you file?


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Who can get unemployment in California?

In California, you can only claim a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment support each year. It is considered one of the most generous state organized unemployment programs in the country. find additional information here.

California’s Unemployment Insurance program has restrictions. In order to qualify you must:

  • be unemployed
  • earned a certain wage in year, determined by the state guidelines
  • been unemployed in California in the past year
  • actively be seeking work every week

If you meet the criteria, your prior earnings will be taken into consideration. It is usually the first four out of five full annual quarters that came directly before the unemployment benefit claim was filed. This is known as the base period.

The weekly payment is based on the quarter where you earned the most. It is typically a maximum of $650 a week. If you’re unsure how much you’re eligible for in California, use the states Unemployment Benefits Calculator.


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