More than 1 Million Unemployment Claims in Limbo as EDD Investigates Massive Fraud

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

More than one million California state unemployment claims--approximately 1 in 7-- were suspended this week in an attempt to avoid more fraudulent payouts. The California Employment Development Department has lost up to $4 billion on fraudulent claims since the pandemic started.  We break down the latest problems besetting the state’s EDD, as a record number of Californians await much-needed financial relief.


Patrick McGreevy, staff writer, Los Angeles Times

Mary Franklin Harvin, reporter, The California Report, KQED

Jennifer Feinberg, has had her benefits frozen