This story has been updated.
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- The federal benefits you may receive automatically
- What to know about reapplying for benefits
- Options for people not on regular unemployment
- Reopening a claim vs. filing a new one
We're over a year into a deadly pandemic that has cost hundreds of thousands of Californians their jobs, and caused claims for unemployment benefits to soar into the millions.
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law in March 2021 to get more direct relief to people hit hardest by the pandemic and to help the economy. In addition to direct stimulus payments, the bill also extends federal unemployment support.
If you're claiming unemployment insurance through the Employment Development Department (EDD), the passing of this one-year milestone might mean you need to take action on your claim. But how do these pandemic federal benefits affect your California unemployment claims? And how can you make sure you're getting the support you're entitled to?
The most recent change: EDD has announced that starting June 5, some applicants who have passed the one-year mark on their claim who previously needed to refile now may no longer have to. Read more about this change.
Please note that the EDD website has regularly been prone to glitches for people trying to certify their claims for several months now. In addition, wait times for EDD’s ID.me identity verification platform can still be considerable. What's more, the backlog of unemployment claims waiting on action from EDD continues to grow. These issues can mean that even if you do everything right, it still might be hard work to get your benefits.