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The EDD Media Services office provides the latest news releases and information for English- and Spanish-language media. For media inquiries, contact us at 916-654-9029 or by email.

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The EDD Strike Team established by Governor Gavin Newsom provided recommendations and solutions to transform the EDD customer experience. View the Strike Team Tracking Document Dashboard (XLSX) for updates on our progress.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Data Dashboard

The EDD has several Unemployment Data Dashboards to illustrate the continued demand for unemployment benefits during the pandemic:

  • Unemployment Data Dashboard Report
  • Unemployment Initial Claims Backlog Dashboard
  • Unemployment Continued Claims Backlog Dashboard

We are also compiling UI claims trend data (XLS) for each major data category beginning with data over the last several weeks. 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 Claims Total Dashboard
Current Week Prior Weeks Total
November 14, 2020 Week Ending March 7 – November 7, 2020 Week Ending March 7 – November 14, 2020
Total Applications Submitted
(Approximate UI Online applications received from unemployed workers)1
Regular UI 20,540 5,798,654 5,819,194
PUA 13,452 4,409,771 4,423,223
PEUC2 88,272 1,949,866 2,038,138
FED-ED3 12,003 196,570 208,573
Total 134,267 12,354,861 12,489,128
Total Claims Processed
(Approximate applications processed by the EDD including reopened claims)4
Regular UI 158,989 10,087,617 10,246,606
PUA 33,198 3,791,100 3,824,298
PEUC2 104,970 2,133,146 2,238,116
FED-ED3 12,574 165,889 178,463
Total 309,731 16,177,752 16,487,483
Total Benefits Paid
(Approximate combination of first benefit payments and continued claim biweekly payments)5
Regular UI $470 million $56.7 billion $57.2 billion
PUA $642 million $38.8 billion $39.5 billion
PEUC2 $368 million $5.4 billion $5.8 billion
FED-ED3 $37.7 million $622 million $659 million
LWA10 $146 million $7.2 billion $7.3 billion
Total $1.7 billion $109 billion $110 billion
Individuals Paid Benefits6, 7
(Expressed as four-week rolling totals to account for different biweekly payment cycles)
Regular UI 2,964,000 3,049,000
PUA 1,364,000 1,357,000
Total 4,328,0008 4,406,0009
  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 November 7, 2020, PEUC total weeks claimed was 1,204,014.
  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 7 to November 14, 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 October 24 and week ending November 14, 2020.
  9. Four-week rolling total between week ending October 17 and week ending November 7, 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.