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California Unemployment Information

For unemployment benefits in California, you basically need to do the following:
  • Register with the unemployment agency
  • Look for work each week
  • Document and, in some cases, submit a weekly record of your work search
  • Register in CalJOBS, California's Job Search assistance website

Documentation requirements

  • Weekly records should include a list of your work search activities, including:
    • Date of application
    • Company name and address
    • Person contacted
    • Type of work applied for
    • Explanation of results
  • If you certify by web or phone, you must maintain records at home. If you certify by mail, you must submit your records on the back of the form.

Disclaimer: This is our best attempt at summarizing the rules in California. For the official details, see the California Employment Development Department.