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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Federal Government Shutdown

Updated: October 4, 2013

Due to the budget impasse in Washington D.C., the Federal Government partially shut down its services throughout the country. At this time, there is no impact to any of the EDD’s services, and federal funds to pay federal unemployment extension benefits and help provide regular state unemployment benefits will continue. Our Unemployment Insurance (UI) program could see an increase in claim activity due to out-of-work federal employees applying for benefits.

Federal Employees in California

Are federal workers impacted by the shutdown eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits?

Like any other employee covered by the UI program, if they’ve lost work through no fault of their own they could very well be eligible for benefits. All claims have to be evaluated on a case by case basis including a review of earnings, separation reasons, and availability for work to ensure claimants meet all eligibility criteria. It is estimated that there are a maximum of 245,000 federal workers in California potentially impacted by the federal government shutdown.

Can federal workers file for unemployment benefits?

How do federal workers file for unemployment benefits?

How long could it take to establish an unemployment claim and receive benefits?

Unemployment Insurance Information for all California Claimants

Will there be money available to pay benefits?

The EDD has been informed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that the federal government will continue to pay the federal extensions of unemployment benefits after someone runs out of their regular state-provided benefits. In addition, California and other states continue to rely on a federal loan to help cover the cost of those initial state-provided benefits, and that loan assistance will also continue. That means regular unemployment benefits will continue to be paid as well.

Will there be an impact on EDD’s ability to provide UI services and local job search assistance since those rely on federal funds?