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Anyone who applies for California unemployment benefits has to qualify based on a very specific eligibility criteria: You must have earned enough income (wages as an employee) in the base period to qualify you for unemployment. You have to be either completely or partially unemployed.How does California pay unemployment benefits?
The California unemployment calculation uses the highest quarter's earnings and converts that into a weekly earning. Benefits are paid at 55 percent of that weekly earning. Assuming you make $13,000 in your highest paid quarter, you convert that into a weekly benefit.What is the maximum unemployment benefits in California?
To claim benefits, you must have been laid off rather than fired for cause or have quit voluntarily. The weekly maximum unemployment benefit available in California is $450, and California offers unemployment benefits for six months.How long does unemployment last in California?
How long do unemployment benefits last in California? An unemployment benefits claim is effective for one year. During the year, claimants can receive from 12-26 weeks of full benefits. The number of weeks varies, based on total earnings during the base period (an individual's earnings during a 12-month period).