Unemployment Insurance Benefits

There are many instances in which a person may find himself or herself unemployed. Due to the seasonal nature of the agriculture industry, workers in this field may need unemployment insurance benefits while they are in between jobs or while transitioning into another industry.

The Unemployment Insurance Program, also known as UI, provides workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, with weekly unemployment insurance payments. The UI program is funded by employers who pay taxes on wages paid to employees.

The UI program pays benefits to individuals to help pay for necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. The benefits are calculated using wages an individual has earned over a 12-month period. The minimum weekly UI benefit is $40 and the maximum weekly benefit is $450. The Employment Development Department provides a complete overview of the UI Program and a video guide to benefits and how to apply for unemployment services online in both English and Spanish at www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/.

Eligibility Requirements

The Employment Development Department (EDD) has posted the following eligibility requirements on their website (www.edd.ca.gov).

Individuals must:

  • Have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim
  • Be totally or partially unemployed
  • Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own
  • Be physically able to work
  • Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work
  • Be actively looking for work
  • Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed
  • Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid

How to file a claim

You can file an unemployment claim online, via mail or by fax. Unemployment benefit forms are available on the EDD website at www.edd.ca.gov. You can also get information in both English and Spanish at (866) 333-4606.