Unemployment Insurance Program Monthly Claims Data for California

data.edd.ca.gov | Last Updated 24 Sep 2018

The monthly summary report is intended to provide the user with a quick overview of the status of the UI system at the national and state levels. This summary report contains monthly information on claims activities and on the number and amount of payments under State unemployment insurance laws. This data is used in budgetary and administrative planning, program evaluation, and reports to Congress and the public.

Tags: unemployment insurance claims, initial claims, continued claims, average weekly benefits

This dataset has the following 10 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
Area Typearea_typetext
Area Namearea_nametext
Datedatecalendar_date
Initial Claimsinitial_claimsnumberAn application for determination of eligibility for benefits, weekly amount, and award which certifies either the beginning of a first period of unemployment within a benefit year, or the continuance of a period of unemployment into a new benefit year.
First Paymentsfirst_paymentsnumberThe first benefit payment made to a claimant in his/her benefit year.
Weeks Claimedweeks_claimednumber
Weeks Compensatedweeks_compensatednumberA Week Compensated is any week in which a claimant receives benefits from the department. These figures include only Regular UI, and exclude any Federal/Military claims and extensions.
Average Weekly Benefit*average_weekly_benefitnumberThe Average Weekly Benefit Amount (AWBA) is the average dollar amount a claimant is qualified to receive in Unemployment benefits. These figures include only Regular UI, and exclude any Federal/Military claims and extensions. The AWBA is calculated using “Benefits Paid for Total Unemployment” divided by “Weeks Compensated for Total Unemployment”. As defined by the United States Department of Labor, total unemployment represents the number of individuals, 16 years of age or older, who do not have a job and are eligible for UI benefits. This amount does not include individuals who are partially employed and receiving unemployment benefits
Benefits Paidbenefits_paidnumberBenefits Paid is the total dollar amount claimants were qualified to receive within a given month. These figures include only Regular UI, and exclude any Federal/Military claims and extensions.
Final Paymentsfinal_paymentsnumber