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Unemployment AMA: What Can Unemployed Californians Expect Without Another Stimulus, And What Are Your Questions For The EDD Process?




Job seekers look over job opening fliers at the WorkSource exhibit, a collaborative effort by governmental agencies to offer jobs and job training resources at the Greater Los Angeles Career Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 14, 2009 in Pasadena, California.
Job seekers look over job opening fliers at the WorkSource exhibit, a collaborative effort by governmental agencies to offer jobs and job training resources at the Greater Los Angeles Career Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 14, 2009 in Pasadena, California.
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Seven months into the pandemic, large numbers of Californians are still applying for unemployment and attempting to navigate the convoluted process to receive payments.

Out-of-work Californians could not apply for unemployment for a two-week stretch in September and early October after a report found that the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) was in need of reforms. The system is now back up and running and Californians can apply again, but that’s not to say that they aren’t still experiencing challenges. Additionally, jobless people in the state are no longer receiving the state’s $300/ week assistance, and there has been no federal stimulus plan likely to pass that will alleviate pandemic-related financial pressure for the unemployed. 

We’re on today to discuss the latest on unemployment, how the lack of a federal stimulus is likely to affect unemployed Californians and answering any questions you might have about the EDD process. Comment below or give us a call at 866-893-5722.

If you have questions about an unemployment claim, the Center for Workers' Rights has a hotline you can call for assistance at 916-905-1625.

Guests:

Lauren Hepler, economy reporter for CalMatters; she tweets @lahepler

Daniela Urban, executive director of the Center for Workers' Rights in Sacramento which advocates for workplace justice, she’s also special counsel at Legal Aid at Work, a San Francisco based nonprofit law firm that assists low-income working families throughout California