Hi Friends - UPDATE: CA is now accepting unemployment for Independent Contractors. I have verified that information is correct and - after many attempts - successfully submitted an application online. The website appears revamped, as expected. But the URL is the same https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm

VERY IMPORTANT.... The application is a set of about 10 steps. Each step failed on submission and returned a blank page with an error message (likely due to the site traffic). I didn't lose my work or have to start over, to my surprise. Instead I hit page reload again and again. Sometimes as many as 10 times before the page would successfully load. I was pleasantly surprised that despite the hassle I was able to get through the process.

Despite the overhaul the process is still awkward and at a couple points the best optional answer seemed silly. Nevertheless I was able to muddle through it and I'm sure you will too.

CAUTION: One of the last pages is a summary of all answers and it really appears you are done. Nope. Don't be fooled. There remains a couple page of final submissions required. Scroll all the way to the bottom each time. Print out the confirmation as "Save to PDF" and store it should you need it again.

Hope this helps!