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Losing a job means much more than just the loss of a paycheck, it can put your car, health care, and even your house on the line. While losing a job is inevitably difficult, there are resources available to help make the transition a little easier. Click here to download a PDF version of this page for distribution.

Unemployment Insurance

For workers who lose a job through no fault of their own, unemployment insurance (UI) provides partial income support to replace their lost wages. The program is administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD). Once you submit a claim for unemployment insurance, EDD will determine the amount of your check and the length of time you will be eligible for benefits. New legislation has extended benefits by another 20 weeks for most workers, so even if your checks have stopped recently, you may be eligible for more help. You should apply for UI benefits as soon as you lose your job. For complete information on Unemployment Insurance, click here.

Health Insurance

There are several resources available to help laid off workers keep health care coverage and pay for the cost of it. For complete information on Health Insurance, click here.

Keeping Your Home

Many families have fallen behind in their payments due to increases in an adjustable rate mortgage or job loss. The best thing to do is to call a housing counselor to see whether you can get help with a loan modification. It is also possible that new legislation passed at the state or federal level can help you. For complete information on avoiding foreclosure.

Job Searches and Retraining Help

There are a number of services available to help workers find new work or get training in a new field. Through the state’s one-stop career centers, the Employment Development Department can help connect you with available jobs and improve your job search skills.

Additional Resources:

TAA (Trade Adjustment Act) funds – You may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Funds if your job loss was tied to increased competition from imports. In addition to extended UI benefits, TAA may provide for employment services and, if needed, classroom and/or on-the-job training, job search, and relocation allowances.
– Resources and Assistance from Working America, AFL-CIO


Call 2-1-1 for Assistance

Dial 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities.

Dial 2-1-1 connects you with community services near you – childcare, senior services, counseling, food, shelter, job services, and much more. The service is available in most counties.

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