If you’ve lost your job, seen freelance work dry up or had your hours reduced, it might be time to fall back on state support that has been expanded during the pandemic. Applying for benefits in California means searching through records, proving your need and often, a lot of waiting.
California requires that applicants be unemployed through no fault of their own, as well as physically able and ready to work. Undocumented immigrants cannot apply under federal rules, but some state lawmakers want to change that.
Applicants also have to meet a prior earnings threshold, which looks at the last 15 months of income. You must have earned at least $1,300 over a quarter-year (ex. Oct.-Dec.), or at least $900 in a quarter-year and a fourth as much again in the surrounding months.