California EDD is requiring the unemployed to look for work. Here’s what that means

California’s Employment Development Department says that starting July 11, 2021 anyone receiving unemployment benefits must start looking for work – a return to the rules that applied before March 2020 when the federal government let states suspend the requirement.

Here’s what looking for work means in California. Note that it differs a bit depending on whether a worker is receiving regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

For those collecting regular unemployment benefits, the agency offers this guidance:

Examples of reasonable efforts to search for suitable work each week include activities such as:
• Prepare for Job Searches – Set up an account on CalJOBS, participate in reemployment services, post

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