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Unemployment Insurance (UI) Data Dashboard

The EDD releases a weekly data dashboard to illustrate the continued demand for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Visit Quick Stats for UI claims data by county, which is generally a month behind state data. Localized data will be posted when available.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Data Dashboard
Current Week Prior Weeks Total
September 12, 2020 Week Ending March 14 – September 5, 2020 Week Ending March 14 – September 12, 2020
Total Applications Submitted
(Approximate UI Online applications received from unemployed workers)1
Regular UI 46,062 5,539,137 5,585,199
PUA 145,790 4,089,349 4,235,139
PEUC2 59,582 688,115 747,697
FED-ED3 6,324 123,513 129,837
Total 257,758 10,440,114 10,697,872
Total Claims Processed
(Approximate applications processed by the EDD including reopened claims)4
Regular UI 230,225 8,464,570 8,694,796
PUA 204,690 3,296,135 3,500,825
PEUC2 65,458 753,850 819,308
FED-ED3 6,712 87,248 93,960
Total 507,085 12,601,803 13,108,889
Total Benefits Paid
(Approximate combination of first benefit payments and continued claim biweekly payments)5
Regular UI $1.6 billion $47.1 billion $48.7 billion
PUA $1.3 billion $31.5 billion $32.8 billion
PEUC2 $137 million $2.9 billion $3.0 billion
FED-ED3 $34.4 million $224 million $258 million
LWA10 $1.3 billion $150 million $1.4 billion
Total $4.4 billion $81.8 billion $86.2 billion
Individuals Paid Benefits
(Expressed as four-week rolling totals to account for different biweekly payment cycles)6, 7
Regular UI 3,357,000 3,382,000
PUA 1,768,000 1,767,000
Total 5,125,0008 5,149,0009
  1. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was implemented in California on April 28, 2020. This data includes new initial claims only.
  2. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was implemented in California on May 27, 2020. PEUC claims are an extension of a regular UI claim. For the week ending September 5, 2020, PEUC total weeks claimed was 369,443.
  3. FED-ED was implemented in California on July 1, 2020. FED-ED claims are an extension of a regular UI claim.
  4. Claims processed through UI Online, along with about 5% of claims that arrive via paper or phone. This accounts for claims received in the current week as well as past weeks. The data also includes claims that are reopened when there is a break in certifying for benefits. For example when the claimant returns to work but then later comes back to collect benefits on their initial claim. The total claims processed from March 14 to September 12, 2020, may include multiple claims from the same applicant.
  5. Includes $600 federal stimulus payments the EDD adds to each week of regular UI, PUA, PEUC, and FED-ED benefits. Regular UI benefits are paid out of California's UI Trust Fund with contributions from employers. PUA, PEUC, FED-EDD, and the $600 federal stimulus payments are paid for by the federal government. The total benefits paid may not add up due to rounding of data.
  6. Counts include individuals claiming regular UI, PEUC, and FED-ED benefits. If an individual claims a regular UI, PEUC, or FED-ED benefits in a four-week rolling time period, they are only counted once.
  7. Four-week rolling totals accommodate for numerous variables that dictate what claimants receive benefits in any given biweekly period. Data excludes claimants who were fully employed, disqualified or had excessive earnings that would disqualify them for a week of benefits.
  8. Four-week rolling total between week ending August 22 and week ending September 12, 2020.
  9. Four-week rolling total between week ending August 15 and week ending September 5, 2020.
  10. The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program was implemented in California on September 5, 2020, to provide eligible claimants with an LWA payment of $300 per week in addition to their weekly benefit amount beginning with weeks ending on or after August 1, 2020.