Unemployment insurance

Unemployment insurance is a state benefit that provides workers, who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, with weekly unemployment payments.

To apply for unemployment benefits, you must fulfill all three of these requirements:

  1. Be unemployed or working less than full-time
  2. Be ready and looking for work
  3. Have worked in the last 18 months

To file a claim, visit the state Employment Development Department (EDD) site. All questions should be directed to EDD at (800) 300-5616.

The address to use for “last employer information” is:

University of Southern California
3720 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0704
(213) 821-8100