Employment Development Department

Employment Development Department (EDD)

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is one of the largest state departments with employees at hundreds of service locations throughout the state. For more than 70 years, we have connected millions of job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy of the Golden State.

General Information: 800-300-5616
Hearing Impaired: 800-815-9387

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Frequently Asked Questions

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A Standard Base Period includes wages from a 12-month period of time consisting of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.

If your claim begins in:
Your Standard Base Period is the prior 12 months,
ending the last day of:
   
January-February-March September
April-May-June December
July-August-September March
October-November-December June

The effective date of your UI claim is based on the date you file your claim online or the date you first contact the Employment Development Department (EDD). The effective date determines your base period, and as a result, your benefit amount. A base period is a 12-month period of earnings, divided into quarters. The base period is used to establish a claim and calculate an award. You may wish to review your wages during each quarter of the base period to determine the best time to file. You will not receive any benefits until you actually submit an application or call EDD to file a claim.

To establish a valid claim, you must have earned at least (1) $1300 in one quarter of your base period, or (2) at least $900 in your highest quarter and total base period earnings of 1.25 times your high quarter earnings.

Related Links

Employment Development Department Home

Administers the Job Service, Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, Workforce Investment Act, and Welfare-to-Work programs and handles the audit ... http://www.edd.ca.gov/

Contact EDD

The Contact EDD page provides EDD contact information including online, by mail, and by phone. http://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/contact_edd.htm

EDD Labor Market Information Division

We collect, analyze, and publish statistical data and reports on California's labor force, industries, occupations, employment projections, wages and other ... http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/

EDD Employer Services

Whether you are starting a new business or an existing employer, the EDD is able to help you find the resources and information that you need to succeed. http://www.edd.ca.gov/Employer_Services.htm

EDD Online Services

The Employment Development Department automated some key services to provide customers with more online options. http://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/Online_Services.htm

Unemployment Insurance

... for benefits and meet eligibility requirements in order for the EDD to pay you benefits. Use the information below to access unemployment related services and ... http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/

Result thumbnail image Online Forms and Publications

The Employment Development Department (EDD) allows you to search, view ( download/print) and/or order forms and publications. Your search results will ... http://www.edd.ca.gov/forms/

State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online

The Employment Development Department (EDD) automated some key State Disability Insurance (SDI) services to better serve you with your Disability ... http://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/SDI_Online.htm