Apply for unemployment benefits through the California Employment Development Department through eApply4UI on EDD.CA.gov, as of May 2015. A confirmation number is provided after completing the application.
Visit the EDD.CA.gov home page, and then click on File & Manage a Claim. Click on File Online with eApply4UI under the Unemployment Insurance heading. The eApply4UI tool asks several questions to determine the correct unemployment benefits application method. If you qualify, enter your information to complete the online application.
You can also apply for unemployment benefits by mail, fax or over the phone by calling 1-800-300-5616. Online is the fastest application method, but certain applicants need to apply through other methods. The online method also helps avoid common errors that can delay applications. Claims can be reopened through any of these methods.
Information required to apply for unemployment benefits includes personal information, such as your name, Social Security number, address and phone number. Information on all previous employers for the last 18 months is also required. You must provide the reason you are no longer working for your most recent employer. This reason is sent to that employer. In certain situations, a telephone interview about your most recent employment is required to determine eligibility for benefits.