How long can I collect unemployment, in California
I am receiving unemployment right now, and it states that is expires in Nov. of 2009. However, I see a dollar amount that will only last until the end of the month...What does this mean? I'm a going to lose the unemployment benefits due to lack of funds, or does the government assistance kick in???
That's a good basic question.
Regular benefits vary in duration from state to state, but generally, if you worked a regular full-time job for at least eighteen months prior to the job ending, the duration is 26 weeks if you don't find any type of work.
A "benefit year" is just that, one year. This means if you collect the "full amount" without any wages coming in (which could make partial unemployment possible)you're going to run out or exhaust the regular benefits before the "benefit year" actually ends.
Normally, when things are good and extensions are not available, it is hard to qualify for a second benefit year in California. See "Monetary Eligibility here for state by state requirements
But Californians now have at minimum a 20 week extension available if they exhaust benefits. You can read about extensions here.
Thanks for the question.