California Hits Pause on New Unemployment Applications as EDD Restructures

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at 9:00 AM
A person files an application for unemployment benefits on April 16, 2020. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Facing a massive backlog of 600,000 cases, California’s Employment Development Department says it will not accept new unemployment claims until October 5 as it works to restructure its website to process claims more efficiently. The temporary “pause” comes after a state government report called on EDD to address a number of problems with its claims processing, such as outdated technology and inefficient fraud detection. We’ll discuss the report and how EDD plans to tackle these issues. 

Guests:

David Chiu, Assemblymember representing the the 17th Assembly District

Kathleen Pender, business columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

George Warner, staff attorney, Legal Aid at Work

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