How Much Unemployment Compensation Can I Receive?

Benefits are calculated using the individual’s earnings during the 12­month base period. The base period begins approximately 15 to ­17 months prior to the date the claim is filed. The amount you receive each week is calculated based on the calendar quarter with the highest earnings during the base period. Weekly benefits range from $40 to a maximum of $450 depending on the claimant’s quarterly earnings. A claim is effective for one year. The maximum award is 26 times the weekly benefit amount or one-half of the total base period wages, whichever is less. When you have received your maximum award, no further benefits are payable. You cannot file another California UI claim until your current claim year ends. During periods of high unemployment, Congress, or the State Legislature may grant additional benefits.

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