SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Millions of Americans are filing for unemployment in record numbers during this pandemic. So how exactly do you file for unemployment if it happens to you?
Action News Now shows you the process online.
First, you have to type in edd.ca.gov it will then take you to the Employment Development Department homepage.
Scroll down to "File for Unemployment" and click it.
It then takes you to a page to let you know when to file a claim and what important information the department needs from you in order to file the claim.
It might ask you for info regarding your last employer's name, last time you worked and gross earnings.
Then scroll down to the online tab and click "UI Online" hyperlink.
It'll take you to the "UI Online" page where you click the button that says "Benefit Programs Online."
A page will appear headlined "Benefit Programs Online."
You click on the "Login or Register" button below the headline that says "Access Benefit Programs Online."
A blue webpage will appear and if you haven't registered for an online account with the department you go to the right side where it says "New Registration," then click the "register" button.
It will ask you to create a password and only a few questions, including an email for the account.
Once you're done registering, you go back to the blue webpage and log in with the email you registered with.
When you log in you will see a headline called "UI Online," as well as a button with the same title "UI Online," click that.
Next, you click "File New Claim."
A webpage appears as the "Filing Instructions Page," that's where you fill in the information required.
Once you're done filling that application out, it will give you a summary page to review the input data.
It will also give you a confirmation number, make sure to keep that.
People can also file a claim on their smartphone as well as simply by phone.
The number to call is 1-800-300-5616, you can call weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
To get started with your unemployment claim filing, CLICK HERE.