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I lost my job or am working less

If the pandemic has impacted your ability to work, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Benefits, through Unemployment Insurance, are available for employees who've lost jobs, been furloughed, or lost work hours. Check eligibility details to see if Unemployment Insurance is right for you. Those who are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance, such as business owners, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, gig workers and others, may be eligible for aid through  Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

 To file an Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim, visit the California Employment Development Department's website.

For more help, contact the State of California Employment Development Department by phone 408-216-6200 or email. Vietnamese language hotline: 1-800-547-2058.

The Employment Development Department’s Unemployment Insurance webpage contains a lot of other helpful information on how to apply, including:

More Resources: The resources below are available to help you get more information about filing for unemployment.

Benefit amounts: If you're eligible, you can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week, depending on how much you made before. You can use the Unemployment Insurance Calculator to help estimate your potential weekly benefit amount. Unemployment benefits have been expanded through several assistance programs, including:

  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who normally don’t qualify for unemployment assistance, such as independent contractors and gig workers.
  • The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program extends unemployment benefits for up to 13 weeks for those who have exhausted benefits.
  • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program provides an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits for the period of April 4, 2020, through July 31, 2020.

CalWIN can help you with cash aid and other benefits such as food assistance or medical services. Apply online, or call the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency at 1-877-962-3633.

I am unable to work because of COVID-19

Filing a Disability Claim: If you’re unable to work because you have COVID-19 you are encouraged to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim and will need medical documentation. Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers. Most California workers are covered by DI through deductions from their paychecks (noted as “CASDI” on most paystubs).

I'm looking for work

work2future is hosting a virtual job fair on June 11, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Please register online in advance. Companies hiring in Business/Finance, Computers/IT, Manufacturing/Trades, and others will be attending. 

For available job postings, view this selected list of local employers looking to hire now. Opportunities verified and posted by work2futureHiring? Looking to have your job posted? Contact Ron Lopez.

Job training

work2future offers free access to online career training via the Metrix E-Learning system, this on-line service provides residents with an opportunity to make productive use of their time during the pandemic by learning skills that employers value.  The Metrix system has a catalog of more than 5,500 courses that include business, information technology, manufacturing, customer service, retail, finance, and many others.  For information about courses and to sign up please visit Metrix online learning

work2future can also help you with one-on-one career coaching. The first step is to register for an orientation session.

Can't find what you're looking for? Call 311 or (408) 535-3500, or fill out a contact formLive chat (8-5, M-F), TTY for the hearing impaired at (800) 735-2922.