California Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called California Employment Development. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the California Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for CA unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. File your UI claim in the first week that you lose your job or have your hours reduced. Your claim begins on the Sunday of the week you submitted your application. At the time of filing you will need information including your last employer information including company name, supervisor’s name, address and phone number. The last date worked and the reason you are no longer working, the gross earnings in the last week you worked, beginning with Sunday and ending with your last day of work and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your California unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • California Employment Development
    800 Capitol Mall MIC 83
    Sacramento, CA 95814

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for CA unemployment benefits over the phone, call 800-300-5616 (TTY: 800-815-9387).

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for CA unemployment online, click here.