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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

You Must Search for Work in Order to Collect Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unless exempt by law, you must actively look for work each week you certify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC) offers resources to help maximize your job search. Take advantage of these no-cost resources and work with the EDD to develop an effective work search plan that suits your needs.

Searching for work is not an easy task, but the resources of the EDD and local partners are there to help you! Go to your state employment website for more information about all the no-cost assistance available to you.

Did You Know?

Through the EDD, you have access to many of the same resources that private employment agencies provide, but at no cost to you.

The EDD is more than just a place you have to register your résumé in CalJOBSSM to meet UI eligibility criteria. Learn how we can help you return to work through resources such as job referrals, résumé building and re-employment services by visiting a local AJCC.

Many Unemployment Insurance claimants do not have an effective plan for searching for work. Job Centers are a great place to learn about different kinds of jobs, their availability, and how to get training for a new career path. Contact the EDD for more information and assistance with planning an effective work search.

Remember, in order to collect benefits, you must continually verify that you are able, available, and willing to accept suitable work. Possible conflicts like attending school during work hours or limitations with child care or transportation could limit your work availability and be an eligibility issue. Report such issues on your bi-weekly certification.