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California’s Unemployment Averages 27 percent of All U.S. Claims

‘The Governor should have people working around the clock to fix this problem’

By Katy Grimes, September 22, 2020 8:07 am

Since Gov. Gavin Newsom shutdown California businesses in mid-March, Californians have filed 8.6 million total new claims for unemployment.

In the age group of working Californians, ages 18-65, this is a rate of 39% of unemployed, higher than at the peak of the Depression in the 1920’s which was 24.9%.

Notably, California has approximately 12% of the nation’s workforce, and one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

California’s unemployment averages 27 percent of all claims for unemployment in the United States.

Instead of turning 20,000 California state workers into Coronavirus contact tracers, the governor should have moved them over to the EDD to process unemployment claims.

California Unemployment benefits top $86 billion since March Shutdown

Now Governor Newsom’s Employment Development Department Strike Team issued a new report that shows nearly 1.6 million claims have not beed resolved, dating back to March and April of this year and the backlog is growing by 10,000 a day.

The governor also announced that the EDD will be taking a two-week break to overhaul and update the current system, while also halting all new claims until October 5th, California Globe reported Monday.

“We worked through the weekend to do just that,” Newsom said during a press conference Monday. “I didn’t want to wait another day to start this reset.”

This “reset” couldn’t come at a worse time, with the state still under business lockdown restrictions.

“This is unacceptable,” said Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). “The private sector would work on parallel tracks – use business hours to meet the needs of customers and the nonbusiness hours to reboot and modernize the internal systems.”

Moorlach continued:

“This abuse of California’s unemployed must end. The past six months my office has helped more than 700 constituents with EDD problems. For the EDD to halt new claims means more unneeded suffering. Rhode Island solved its computer problems by downloading free software. Adjusted for California’s higher volume, the same could be done here.”

“The state that’s the center of the global computer industry should be at the forefront of service, not the end. The Governor should have people working around the clock to fix this problem.”

Newsom said, “These changes will cause real stress — especially for families and businesses least equipped financially to deal with them. The state of California is working closely with businesses who will feel the economic shock of these changes, and we are mobilizing every level of government to help families as they persevere through this global health crisis.”

“Yet, his rhetoric did not materialize into streamlined and accountable action. Instead of the Employment Development Department (EDD) taking the last six months to improve its system to accommodate the large new number of cases from the coronavirus lockdown, it has become a bureaucratic mess.”

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove expressed dismay:

“What did Governor Newsom expect when he closed down tens of thousands of businesses and put millions of Californians in the unemployment line?

“199 days after the governor shut down California’s economy and millions of people lost their job, the Governor’s Strike Team issued a report stating that EDD has yet to resolve problems on more than 1.5 million claims, call centers are non-responsive and verification processes are not stopping fraud. Some Californians have been waiting since March to receive help. The delays, lack of transparency from the Governor, and mismanagement at the EDD are not only disappointing, but they are insulting to the California families who so desperately need this help.”

EDD by the numbers

According to the EDD:

California has processed a total of 13,108,889 unemployment claims.

252,058 total unemployment claims were filed last week – the U.S. Department of Labor reported 884,000 total.

Of those, only 46,062 were regular unemployment claims.

145,790 were Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims.

59,582 were Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation claims, which are an extension of a regular UI claim. For the week ending September 5, 2020, PEUC total weeks claimed was 369,443.

6,324 were Federal State Extended Duration unemployment claims, which provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits for people who used all of their unemployment benefits during a period of high unemployment.

“Currently, the EDD has a backlog of nearly 600,000 Californians who have applied for UI more than 21 days ago and yet their claims have not been processed, and an estimated 1 million cases where individuals received payments but subsequently modified their claim and thus are awaiting resolution,” the EDD reported Friday.

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16 thoughts on “California’s Unemployment Averages 27 percent of All U.S. Claims

  1. Dear Leader Newsom,
    These are just not numbers, these are people! This is unacceptable.
    A puzzle piece missing is allowing all to return to work. Using covid19 as a tool to further your agenda is twisted politics.
    We can reopen safely while protecting the vulnerable!
    To all who think the government is the answer to all your ills, please note this mishandling of EDD, do not leave out the DMV, Post Office, Medicare and the list goes on….

    1. No kidding, Cali Girl —- why don’t these Dems ever seem to get that the tax money that comes to them from a booming economy finances all of their doofy programs and slush funds? When you talk to a lefty it really seems that they DO NOT understand that. It’s a mystery. Either that or I’m missing something myself.

  2. Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” After six months of a state mandated “shelter in place” which was supposed to be 15 days it is more than obvious this lockdown has far more destroyed than it has helped. Businesses destroyed with many never coming back. This another example of government trying to fix something but making it worse by creating other problems. This is all on grusom newsom.

  3. How do these people dress themselves every day if they are so pathetically incompetent? But it doesn’t really smell like incompetence, it smells more like arrogance, contempt, laziness, and neglect. There are no consequences to us when the people of California suffer, they say, so why not? We’ll just rig another election.

    These Dem politicians and unelected bureaucrats are the ones who are in the type of denial they project onto others. They deny to themselves that the very Californians, frustrated and desperate, who can’t get the EDD to pick up the phone or look at their unemployment applications are the same people who finance with hard-earned tax money their generous salaries.

    THOSE guaranteed paychecks have been auto-deposited in bank accounts without interruption through this endless and unnecessary COVID prison sentence while those who are unemployed through no fault of their own have been tossing and turning at night because these well-paid public servants refuse to do the jobs they are being paid to do.

  4. Remember this November that this economic carnage was STRICTLY done for political reasons…

    All this shutdown for a virus with a <1% fatality rate…

    The Democrat governors CONSPIRED to make everyone so miserable and angry that uninformed voters will believe the Democrat and mainstream media BS line that this is all Trump's fault….

    Wake the hell up people, Newsom, Polis and all the western state Governors have all CONSPIRED with Crazy Auntie Nancy to screw up Trump's booming economy, aided and abbetted by their partners in crime, the ChiComs….

    Vote straight Republican this November to send a message to these SOB's that we're mad as he'll and not gonna take their malfeasance any longer….

    1. Hard to vote straight Republican in California when the 2 choices in most races are Dems! They have rigged the system to keep power.

  5. Democrats are doing everything they can to ruin our America and freedom! You want jobs back VOTE FOR AMERICA AND FREEDOM VOTE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP! HE DIDN’T START THIS SEPARATION OF AMERICA! OBAMA DID!

  6. Comrades

    The Command Service Economy flourished as slightly educated ball cap and apron wearers, who eked out meager survival wages, until biblical type scourges came to pass……

    And now the election…..if the Globalists prevail, you will beg for apron……

  7. How many of these 8.6 million claims are fraudulent? You have prisoners collecting claims. $2.5 million in fraud claims spent in Beverly Hills. This state is collapsing like a house of cards.

  8. But the Democrat governors are going out of their way to destroy the economy to make people miserable, all the while using the mainstream media to accuse President Trump of everything THEY have done…

    The Democrat party is truly the party of PROJECTION, LIES & DECEIPT !!!

  9. High time the sane people get politically ORGANIZED and break the hammerlock that the Democrats have on California politics…

  10. April 27th 2021.
    Nothing has been fixed and now no one is writing any stories about it. Why is that?

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