California Unemployment Extension

If your California unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

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# Joe 2011-09-29 18:08
My regular California unemployment benefits were for 52 weeks ending Sept2011, probably because I was layed off from a full time job but still working periodically at a part time job. I still had benefits remaining but the time period ran out. Am I still eligible for the first extension? I hope that I won't be penalized because I actually looked for more work during this time and, therefore, did not use all of the monetary benefits.
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# Kimberly 2011-10-24 18:15
I've been collecting CA Unemployment for six months. I have two checks left, before Im at zero. How do I know if Im eligible for an extension and if I am, how do I find out and/or apply, so there is no lapse in my benefits. Help.

Thanks.
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# natalie 2012-01-14 22:35
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this?? i really need this money to continue to support my family! thanks.
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# Jeff 2012-02-24 21:21
I just filed my last continued claim for california EDD benefits, and want to know if I eligible for coninued benefits or for a federal extension, and if so, how do i file to take advantage of these benefits.
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# Verna 2012-08-29 16:46
I was laid off 2/23/12 with no reason from my employer. I had worked for 81/2 years for Dr. M.who retired 10/31/11. Dr. S. took
over the practice and proceeded to lay me off on 2/13/12, as he also did another employee about 2 months later. I now have 1 more week of un-employment and have called over 100 times and cannot talk to anyone. Please help. I need to know if I am eligible for extended benifits and how to file, if necessary.
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# Paco 2013-02-27 21:42
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this. Please advise. Thank you
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# Denise 2013-04-03 22:36
Quoting Paco:
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this. Please advise. Thank you

I'm in the same spot ! What do I do ?
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# Coby 2013-06-11 20:21
They will file the extension for you automatically, maybe you didn't have enough funds for the second week. It will sort out on its own once the extension goes through.
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# Coby 2013-06-11 20:19
I am currently on a third extension and not sure if a fourth exists. I've been looking continuously for permanent work but I've just been offered a short term contract (40hrs a day but for one month only) that will pay more than I'm getting on these benefits. I know I have to declare these wages on the weekly forms but I'm not sure if EDD will cancel my benefits? My concerns are:
1. Should I take this contract for one month?
2. Will I be able to receive the rest of my balance once this contract is up?
3. Will I have to re-apply for EDD all over again?
4. Should I stay with EDD and continue looking for something more permanent?
5. Would I even be eligible for EDD if they cancel on me because of this short-term gig? What would this arrangement be classified as once over? laid off/ temporary?
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# William 2013-07-03 00:30
So, if the amount of my initial award expires before the one year mark given, is it really possible to get an automatic extension under EUC08? I know the extension is filed automatic, but what are my chances? In California.
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# John 2016-07-16 18:37
Is a California Extension of Unemployment Benefits still available in mid-2016? All the information I have found so far indicates that this program (the extension in benefits after the initial 26 weeks run out) ended a few years ago. I am getting near the end of my benefits and haven't found a job yet even though I'm trying very hard.
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# Teri 2016-07-17 16:43
Hello... My benefits will soon run out ...IS California currently offering an EXTENSION of benefits?? Thank you in advance for your response...
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# Sandra 2016-07-18 13:48
How to file for a extention
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# Robin Cox 2016-07-19 21:01
My unemployment balance says I will have none left after the next payment. How do I get an extension?
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# Rick 2016-07-21 14:03
My edd runs out in 3 weeks I'm in case is their anything I can do
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# Tammy collins 2016-07-25 12:29
Hello, my EDD payment have run out and need to file an extension. Im trying to contact someone by phone and am having no luck. Ive recently had surgery, so i am unable to look for work for 6 weeks. How do i file for an extension? Please help
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# randy hunter 2016-07-26 11:11
You say give my unemployment counselor a call. who is that?
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# john c stevenson 2016-07-26 12:13
I am coming to the end of my initial unemployment benefits. I have been looking extensively for permanent work.

How can I become eligible for extended benefits in California?

Kind Regards,
John Stevenson
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# Kelley Kay 2017-05-06 15:33
I unexpectedly lost my job in January. I have been looking for work but have not yet found anything. My baby is due in July right at the time my benefits run out. Can I file for an extension?
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# Tina M himes 2017-06-11 03:38
i was laid off my job in california ,was offered a job in oregon immediately. worked at my oregon job for 3 months. got let go . so i filed for Oregon unemployment . i was told to file for ca ui.i did and started receiving my unemployment benefits. i have never received unemployment .so when i read that my claim was good for a year ,but this week i figured out that my 26 weeks of payments would be up in 6 weeks. i moved to Arizona this week to be close to my family. and finally i am HIV positive. can i get a California extension .can i file for Oregon unemployment when California runs out .desperate
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# Michaele 2017-06-19 09:44
I just received my last week of benefits, and still have not been able to find full time work, and it does not appear that I have been auto enrolled in the extension program. What do I need to do to apply for an extension.
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# Jamie ware 2017-06-19 10:59
Quoting natalie:
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this?? i really need this money to continue to support my family! thanks.

I am also needing help in the same way have been looking for work and no bits need money
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# Ruth Martell 2017-06-26 10:53
I can not find any place or phone number to ask if/how to apply for extended benefits for california unemployment benefits run out in two weeks
thank you
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# Helen Roche 2017-06-26 20:35
How do I apply for a ui extention
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# jeremy 2017-07-08 15:47
my benefits are about to run out. What do i have to do to extend? or will it automatically extend?
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# Kimberly Smiljanic 2017-07-24 09:57
Hi, my unemployment claim balance is no zero and I do not have an unemployment counselor. Who can I contact with questions? Also, how will I know if an extension has been approved?

Thank you!
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# James Mayer 2017-07-30 10:54
I have been on unemployment but have a significant of amount of funds that will be left after my expiration date of 9/11/2017. This is because I have been working part time during this period. Is there an extension I can apply to that will allow me to use the rest of my unemployment benefits?

Thanks.
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# Peou Miech 2017-08-03 16:18
Hi I am in the final of getting my final pay from EDD . I wouldlike to know if i can get extension for it.Thanks
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# Peou Miech 2017-08-03 16:20
I am in the line for my last payment from EDD and would like to
know if there a way that you can request and extension online. Thanks
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# joseph 2017-08-10 12:02
Hello My unemployment has run out and I was wondering if I am eligible for an extension right now. Can you please let me know what the protocal is before I move forward. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Talk soon,

Joey
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# Linda 2017-08-11 17:12
Today, 8/11/2017, I received the form I fill up every 2 wks and the 2nd week is X'd out and it says my balance is $450.00, How do I apply for an extension? I am supporting my family and have and bills to pay. I really need the money. Also wondering the date on the form says to mail on 8/06, but I just recvd the form today, 8/11. Pls kindly advise, thank you!
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# alisa 2017-08-22 13:43
I have approximately 6 weeks of benefits remaining on my UI benefits. Will I automatically receive information re: extensions of benefits as I get closer to the end of benefits... or do I need to contact someone? I dont have any counselor, and cant figure out how to talk to an actual representative.
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# Aaron Standley 2017-08-24 09:30
Is this still in effect
can someone still get an extension in 2017
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# Cheryl 2017-08-27 20:08
I've been collecting CA Unemployment for six months. I have two checks left, before Im at zero. How do I know if Im eligible for an extension and if I am, how do I find out and/or apply, so there is no lapse in my benefits. Help.

Thanks.
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# KRISTOPHER L MYERS 2017-09-10 16:48
I just filed my last claim form. For 2017. Will I be able to receive an extension on the benifits??
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# Ellen Dawson 2017-09-12 22:14
My initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits are about to run out. What are the eligibility requirements for filing an extension?

Thank you
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# Amanda 2017-09-27 09:42
I have one week of benefits left how do I go about filling for an extension...I've read that it get done for you automatically but how will I know if it does besides the obvious fact I will get money still.
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# Lisa Kay Gallagher 2017-09-27 13:36
I am about to run out of my benifits. How do i file an extention in California?
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# Iolani Riveira 2017-10-27 01:34
My unemployment just ran out and they are saying im not able to recieve extended unemployment. Why is that? When i"ve work for the same company for almost 3 years.What can i do??
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# Chase Peterson 2017-10-30 20:02
Because of the natural disaster,the Aspine fire.(Napa fire) I can't work. Can I get emergency unemployment compensation?
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# Karen 2017-11-03 07:36
My regular unemployment for CA just ran out. Is this extension mentioned still available? This has not been mentioned at all and I've not received any correspondence. Thx!
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# Kim 2017-11-12 17:58
I just certified my last week of UI benefits. I need to know how to file an extension. Can you explain how I do this? Thanks!
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# Armand Vattuone 2017-11-30 15:57
I am about to run out of my benifits. How do i file an extention in California?
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# Maureen 2017-12-17 16:08
My unemployment balance is now at a zero balance (26 weeks). How do I request for an extension? Thank you.
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