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UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS MOUNTING

The California strike team assigned to investigate the Employment Development Department released its report with its findings on the state's mounting pile of unemployment claims, according to KCRA 3 News

The report, which is over 100 pages long, states that unless the department increases the number of claims processed everyday, the backlog will continue to grow. EDD received an average of 60,000 electronic claims each day a month ago.


Forty percent of those claims were routed for manual processing, but the department does not have enough manpower to process that many manual claims, the report said. To clear the backlog, automated claims would have to increase its processing speed to 94 percent.


The report said the department needs to adopt a plan that addresses the older claims first with the goal of resolving the backlog within the next four months. The task force said EDD will make the recommended changes once given approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom.



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