SDI pays much more than that depending on how you've earned and paid into the system. I want to say the last notice I received I would make around $1200 a month. The longer you pay in and the more you make, the higher this amount would be. And yes, losers are making a career out of collecting it. I have a place full of them nearby, able bodied men, that have no jobs sharing a place. They hang out all day and get high trying to sell weed to supplement their income. I just don't understand why there is a disconnect with all the people that work and pay taxes who don't realize this is their money being taken and abused.