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California will pay unemployment benefits to those who are not eligible

During the crisis, COVID-19 unemployment benefits are available for self-employed residents of California and other categories of people who traditionally are not eligible for state or state assistance, writes KTLA.

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California employees, who are usually not eligible for unemployment benefits, can now apply for financial assistance if they are affected by the COVID-19 crisis, a state spokesman said Monday, April 27.

California Department of Labor Head Julie Soo announced on Facebook Live the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which began accepting applications from people who are traditionally not eligible for unemployment benefits.

According to Su, the PUA program is for those self-employed, business owners, independent workers, freelancers, people with limited work experience, and those who have exhausted their insurance and unemployment benefits.

“We are going to pay the minimum amount automatically, then you will have time to confirm that you had income; you can justify a higher income that would justify exceeding the $ 167 minimum per week for pandemic unemployment assistance, Su explained. "As soon as you do that, we will pay this large amount retroactively."

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Those who meet the criteria will receive $ 167 per week, plus $ 600 per week from March 29 to July 25.

PUA benefits are valid for 39 weeks and expire at the end of December. Su said PUA extension information was not yet available.

Applicants will be asked to declare their income for 2019 on their own. Su asked the applicants to be patient with the process and said that there are changes and improvements in the processing that will help with the vast majority of applications.

“California has received and processed more applications in the past four weeks during the coronavirus pandemic than it did in all of 2019,” Su said. "I myself called the call center to assess where we are and what we need to do better."

On April 27, the call center of the Employment Development Department began work in a new extended 12-hour mode: employees receive calls and process applications from 8:00 to 20:00.

For more information about PUA or to apply online, visit

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