Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits
The federal government is committed to providing an extension of unemployment benefits, direct payments to Americans and assistance to select industries to get people back to work. We hope that these support mechanisms will help make your household finances work.
How much money will I receive?
March 30 update: New federal law allows states to extend benefits to self-employed and gig workers, and to provide an extra $600 per week as well as an additional 13 weeks of benefits.
How to apply for unemployment insurance?
You should contact your state's unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.
For CA unemployment benefits, you can visit Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) - EDD - CA.gov
The EDD offers an optional Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) program for employers and self-employed individuals who are not required to pay into State Disability Insurance (SDI) but want to be covered by Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). DIEC is funded through quarterly premiums and can protect you against partial loss of income when you are unable to work. DI provides benefits to eligible DIEC participants when they are unable to work and lose wages due to their own non-work-related illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth. PFL provides benefits to eligible DIEC participants when they need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner or to bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. For more information about DIEC, visit DIEC Forms and Publications.