California Employment Development Department:en Español01/09/13 10:30 a.m.
Updated: Number of individuals who have run out of benefits is now over 937,000.
Congress and President Obama have reauthorized the federal extensions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for another year, sparing an estimated 400,000 unemployed Californians from losing extension benefits shortly after December 29, 2012. The EDD will be able to automatically reopen extension claims and send our customers the necessary claim forms they will need to continue certifying for federal extension benefits for those who were claiming such benefits at the end of December 2012. There is NO NEED for our federal extension customers to contact the department.
For those who were not certifying for federal extension benefits at the end of 2012 due to going back to work, school or other situation but still had a remaining balance left on a federal extension claim, they WILL have to contact the department as usual to reopen their claim if they happen to become unemployed again and in need of extension benefits. The EDD recommends submitting an eapply4UI application to reopen their extension claims.
This latest federal legislation does not include any additional weeks of benefits; it simply extends the filing deadlines for starting any new tier of the four tiers of federal extension benefits available. The maximum potential weeks available remains at up to 73 weeks.
We encourage our federal extension customers to closely monitor our EDD website, Facebook and Twitter pages for any updates if and when any developments occur and if any details become available that our customers need to know.
Federal extensions of unemployment benefits first became available in California in June 2008 and since then a total of more than $40 billion in extension benefits have been paid in the state. Once offering up to 73 additional weeks of unemployment after someone ran out of their regular up to 26 weeks of state-provide benefits, federal extensions now provide up to 47 additional weeks of benefits.
Here is a breakdown of the federal extension benefits and the total maximum weeks of unemployment benefits available in California. The total number of potential maximum weeks of benefits available depends on when your regular UI claim and extensions are filed.
*There are special claims that have a week ending date other than Saturday. In those cases, benefits may be payable for the week ending January 1, 2014.
The most recent federal legislation on extension benefits requires individuals to meet specific work search requirements to be paid benefits on their federal extensions. Those collecting federal extensions could lose their benefits if they fail to comply with the work search requirements of the federal law. Individuals collecting regular UI benefits and federal extension benefits have always been required to look for work. However, this legislation requires individuals collecting federal extension benefits (Tiers 1-4) to also meet the following work search requirements, in addition to meeting all other UI eligibility requirements:
In addition, those individuals collecting benefits on the first or second tier of federal extension benefits must appear at local One-Stop Career Centers to learn about employment services offered by the EDD and local partners, and to verify that they are complying with UI eligibility requirements. Individuals who must complete these mandatory Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (REA) appointments will receive notices on appointment details. They could lose their benefits if they fail to appear for that appointment and/or fail to comply with other requirements of the law.
For more information on the work search requirements, please visit our frequently asked questions on the FAQ – Extended Unemployment Benefits page.
Currently, there are close to 850,000 people certifying for benefits in California. Less than half of these customers are collecting on a federal extension claim while the remainder are somewhere in the midst of a regular unemployment claim.
Between regular and federal extension benefits, the EDD has paid a total of $17.1 billion in benefits for calendar year 2011 and $13.7 billion for calendar year 2012, which equates to about $264 million a week. These benefits provide critical sustenance to unemployed workers and their families, in addition to local businesses where much of the benefits are spent on basic needs.
As of January 7, 2013, there have been close to 937,000 unemployed workers in California who have run out of all available benefits.
Unemployed individuals may be eligible for assistance to meet basic needs as well as other services such as health care, counseling, employment and training assistance. For more information, read the Assistance for Unemployed California Residents flyer and the Job Dislocation Brochure: English | Spanish.