Unemployment Eligibility: How long do you have to work to get benefits in CA?


The financial situation in the United States is delicate, and it is not expected that things are going to get better in 2023.

However, unemployed US citizens have the option to claim unemployment Benefit programs, which are in effect throughout the country in the government’s bid to support those who are in search of work.

What is the general unemployment benefits criteria?

COVID-19 decimated the American workforce, leaving many people without work, while others are still yet to return, and the Employment Development Department (EDD) have a string of criteria to determine if a person’s unemployment benefit will automatically continue.

“Your UI weekly benefit, called the weekly benefit amount, and the total benefits available in your claim, called your maximum benefit amount, are both based on the wages you earned in the base period of your claim,” the EDD official website reads.

“To establish a valid claim, you must have earned at least 1,300 dollars in the highest quarter of your Base Period or 900 dollars in your highest quarter and total base period earnings of 1.25 times your high quarter earnings.”

How long do you have to work to get benefits in California?

One of these criteria has to do with the period of time that an applicant should have worked in order to be eligible for the unemployment benefits in California.

It has to be noted that the base period is a 12-month period of time. Each base period has four quarters of three months each and there are two types of base periods that may be used to establish a claim.

The first one is called Standard Base Period and covers the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the beginning date of the UI claim.

Meanwhile, Alternate Base Period can only be used when an applicant has not earned enough wages in the Standard Base Period to be able to file the claim.