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More Than 1 Million Californians Are Still Waiting For Unemployment Payments

CBS San Francisco

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the ongoing problems with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). More than one million Californians are still waiting to receive their unemployment money due to a growing backlog at the EDD. People are still reporting long call center wait times and website glitches, and the system has been subject to massive unemployment fraud.


Emily Hoeven writes the daily WhatMatters newsletter for CalMatters. Her reporting, essays, and opinion columns have been published in San Francisco Weekly, the San Francisco Business Times, the Mercury News and more

Web Resources:

CalMatters, Emily Hoeven: Backlogged claims, calls: Things are getting worse at state's jobless agency

CalMatters, Dan Walters: California's Unemployment Insurance Fund is deep in debt

CalMatters, Lauren Helper: California's unemployment crisis, explained

California’s unemployment fraud, explained

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.