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Cal unemployment system backlogged with more than 200,000 claims

Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media



California has reopened this week, but for many unemployed workers, the economic struggle caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is nowhere near ending.


Many Californians are still waiting for the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) to clear their backlog of claims, with the department’s data page showing over 221,000 claims are pending past 21 days as of June 12.


On May 28, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) hosted a press conference featuring constituents from his district who are seeking immediate help from EDD. Three constituents spoke about their struggles while trying to get their unemployment benefits. They experienced extremely long wait times while calling EDD and faced difficulties trying to verify their identity or correct claim amounts with the department.