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  •  california-Sacramento_Capitol QUESTION I need to fill out the form for unemployment,
    where do I find these forms, what do I need (SIN, something from the
    employer) to apply



    If you’ve lost your job and find yourself in the position of having to file for unemployment compensation insurance for the first time, or for the first time in quite some time, particularly at a time of high stress such as losing your job, the application process can seem confusing to you.

    There are three methods to file for your unemployment compensation in California. The first and likely the easier method, which will get your checks to you more quickly and keep you from having to wait in a line is to file online.

    California Job Openings

    The fastest way to apply for unemployment compensation in California, as in many other states will be by filing for your claim online using electronic means.
    To file for unemployment in California you must have earned at least $1,300 in the highest quarter of your base period or have earned  $900 in the highest quarter of your base period and a total of at least 1.25 times the high quarter earnings.
    To file your claim in California you will require:

       *Social Security number.
       *driver’s license or ID card number.
       *Gross earnings
       *Employer’s name, address and phone number.
       *Valid reason for unemployment.
       *The last day that you worked

        * The preferred way to file for your unemployment is to file online. It prevents traveling, speeds your check along its way and permits you to also recertify as well as verify your job seeking online as well. To file for your unemployment online in the state of California, there are a few simple steps.

       Visit the California Employment Development Department website.(California Unemployment Office web site,
       Click the Unemployment tab at the top.
       Click on Apply online (this form will be eApply4UI)
       You will be given step by step instructions about filing.

    You may also file your unemployment claim over the phone or at a local California unemployment office.

    California Employment Projection

    Fire escape, fixed!California’s unemployment, as of just five days ago, March 20, 2009, rose to a staggering 10.1 percent.
    With the Employment Development (EDD) now opening its call centers from 10 am til 2PM on Saturdays, merely to be able to handle the growing influx of those who require unemployment compensation insurance, and assistance in application for it, what’s the jobless rate going to do next? With California’s state unemployment currently about two percent higher than the national average of 8.1 percent, having grown in just one year nearly four percent, what’s the next few months going to bring for the job seeker in California?

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    Is there anyone in California who is currently hiring and if so, who is it, and what can you do to better yourself so that you’ve got a chance of getting back on the roles of the employed or employable?

    Granted the situation does look bleak at least for the next few months. The number of unemployed in California in February peaked out at about 1 million, 950 thousand people out of work. But in a state where nearly 17 million are working, how bad really is the crisis and what’s coming next.]

    In California many of the top careers, where you may find employment will be in the IT industry, while still more will be network engineers, customer service representatives and service industry jobs.

    blonde girls of last summerThe best bet currently for the job seeker is going to be service oriented positions.
    The current listings for job openings in California include primarily skilled positions, but some may require little or no retraining, but rather will train their employees on the job. These positions of course will not be the most high paying positions for which you may apply.

    The top jobs (for highest numbers available) in the state of California currently and through 2016 as projected by the Employment Development are as follows:

    Retail Salespersons 26,160
    Cashiers 19,130
    Waiters and Waitresses 18,010
    Office Clerks, General 13,830
    Personal and Home Care Aides 12,510

    Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 12,090
    Customer Service Representatives 11,160
    Registered Nurses 9,900
    Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 9,320
    Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 9,320

    Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 8,140
    Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7,930
    Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 7,400
    Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 7,140
    General and Operations Managers 6,630

    Food Preparation Workers 6,440
    First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 6,130
    Farm workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 6,130
    Teacher Assistants 6,120
    Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6,090

    Given these numbers it would seem that if you are currently out of work and require immediate employment you would likely find it in the Sales and service industries, specifically the Customer relations and retail industries at the present time.


    Employment Development Department Services

    Portrait of happy young businesswoman Just like elsewhere in the United States today, California too has its share of unemployment. People who have been displaced from their jobs through no fault of their own, and are having to seek out new employment and a means to exist until that new job comes along.
    There are now, fortunately a good number of government web sites which will permit you to avail yourself of their services and to both file for, and certify for your unemployment compensation while you wait for a new position. One such site is the CA EDD site, which is located at www edd ca gov.

    From the Ca EDD (Employment Development Directory)multiple services become available to you,not the least of which is the ability to find the forms you need to file for your unemployment as well as to file online directly from edd to receive your federal extensions for your unemployment compensation claim.


    The services you will find at the Ca Edd.gov web site include several more that will make it a great deal easier for you to find a new position, to apply for your compensation and to learn more about additional training that will help you to find a new place in today’s job market.

    EDD (Employment Development Department) is currently among the largest of state departments, and has employees at offices that number in the hundreds all across the state of California. Coming into being more than seventy years ago, EDD has helped millions of people looking for a job to find the right employer for their purposes and skills.


    EDD-URL www.edd.ca.gov houses on its web site, the following services for your convenience:

    A job bank and an online bank of resumes, CALJOBSSM, that contains several thousand job openings, and houses the biggest pool of potential candidates for those jobs in the state of California.

    EDD also contains tools for today’s labor market, which will help you to make educated decisions about such things as taking a given job, what you will need to know to have it and whether relocation is the right move for you.

    Information and assistance regarding filing your unemployment insurance claim and a place to file the Federal Unemployment extensions.
    How to file a disability claim for your injury.

    How to gain access to your paid family leave, when you are eligible for the paid family leave and how to file the claim for it.

    Payroll information about taxes and forms for filing

    A wide array of employment and training services to give you new means to find another job and where to get education for it.


    When you’re no longer on the lists of the employed, the first thing on your mind, is of course getting that Unemployment compensation secured and begun so that you’ve got the wherewithal to pay your expenses, but not far behind that is the desire to find gainful employment again.


    There is no such thing as beginning to look for work again too quickly, particularly if you’re like most of us and you simply don’t have unlimited amounts of funds to stay unemployed for any extended period of time.

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    Thankfully many of the best employment web sites which feature jobs in nearly any state are now online to permit us to not only scan jobs for which we might be interested, but also to, in most cases, apply for those jobs online and even in some cases to set up appointments to interview for them.
    Among the best of the best in California’s government web sites to seek out new employment are the following:

    Fire escape, fixed!EDD’s Cal Jobs.{http://www.caljobs.ca.gov/} Cal Jobs lets you register and login to seek out new employment, to browse catalogs of jobs and to upload and keep your resume online so that you can submit it to any given job merely at the click of a button. The site is well organized and offers a vast and diverse array of information literally at your fingertips to help you to find the job you want, and to match your resume with prospective employers who are seeking workers with your skills

    Mendocino Works– http://www.mpic.org/resource/Resources.html From the Mendocino area, offers information on jobs available in the Mendocino and surrounding areas. With a friendly interface and some great information, the site will be helpful for anyone seeking employment in this area of California. Mendocino works also offers Do Not Patronize lists which offer information about employers in the state of California which the state has deemed to be unfair to workers with regard to wage or other issues.

    Labor Market Info–http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/?PAGEID=3 another service of the Employment Development Department, Labor Market Info offers Top paying jobs, job searches as well as several self assessment quizzes to determine the kind of job you would best like and be good at to help you in your career choices or to help you to decide what type job you might like to apply for next if your chosen career is, as many are, in a slump right now.
    The site also include Occupational Guides which will help you to find the best careers at the moment, with details guides on what is required for entry positions in those career fields and how to become qualified to do them.