The COVID 19 pandemic made a lot of people lose their jobs. There might be several other reasons that may make you lose a position, not only the pandemic. If you were living in California and got laid off from work for some reason, you are qualified for unemployment benefits.

If you are in California and you are jobless, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits. There are eligibility rules, requirements of prior earnings. Other requirements vary from state to state.

Below are some rules for collecting unemployment benefits and compensations in California under an agency that takes care of unemployment matters.

Three critical requirements will make you a qualified candidate when collecting unemployment benefits California:

1. What you used to earn before should meet a certain least threshold.

2. It would be best if you were not unemployed because of your fault. Natural disasters like the COVID 19 pandemic is an excellent example of a natural disaster.

3. You must be actively seeking work.

Do you meet the requirements?

As required, any state will look at your previous work history to determine your admissibility for unemployment. If you are in California, you can file to claim your benefits at the earliest four of the five complete calendar quarters. In simple terms, you make your claim in July 2020. The base period here will be from April 1 the previous year.

Are you unemployed because of your fault?

To qualify and claim your unemployment benefits in California, it should be through a natural disaster, as stated earlier, not through your fault.

  • Collect your benefits after you have been laid off

If you get laid off due to economic reasons, then you meet the requirements.

  • Collecting your benefits after you have been fired

If you lost your job because you have economic reasons or the company didn’t need an extra hand, then you might be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. However, if you are fired because of misconduct or not taking your work seriously, you might not collect the benefits.

Are you looking for work?

To maintain your qualifications for being eligible for collecting unemployment benefits, you have to be active in job seeking and ready to accept a decent job. If you are offered a job, you must be prepared to take it.


Filing your unemployment benefits claims should be done in the same state where you have worked. If you lose your job in one state and then decide to move, you can still claim your benefits in the new state. It should be noted that your previous state will determine unemployment benefits rules and regulations. Mostly, moving prolongs or sometimes delays the process of your claim.

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