February 7, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - California has announced a sweeping overhaul of its troubled Employment Development Department, following months of turmoil that left thousands of Californians struggling to get their unemployment benefits. A top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday ordered the agency to hire hundreds of new workers and pay overtime to staffers to beef up the EDD's woeful customer service. In recent months, jobless workers have found it nearly impossible to reach agents at EDD for assistance after a computer glitch interrupted payments.
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December 25, 1993
The Oxnard Job Service Office of the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has reopened after the tragic shooting incident on Dec. 2, in which five persons, including the gunman, were killed and another four wounded. The employees of EDD have expressed to me their appreciation for the kindness and caring that local citizens and organizations have extended to our staff. Your consideration has helped us to cope with a traumatic situation and its aftermath. Please be assured that the safety of our employees and all EDD customers is foremost in our concern, and the department is taking steps to provide a safe environment for all who make use of EDD facilities.
April 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Much-dreaded automatic federal budget cuts are about to be felt by more than 400,000 long-term unemployed in California. The California Employment Development Department, which administers both state and federal unemployment insurance programs, will be cutting the federal portion by approximately 17.7% beginning April 28. LIVE VIDEO CHAT: Join us at 2 p.m. That represents a tiny share of the $85-billion reduction in...
March 23, 2012 |
California's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.9% in February even as the state added thousands of new jobs. The percentage of jobless workers held the same as January, though it was down from 12.0% in February last year. The rate remained the same even as the state added 4,000 total jobs in February, according to the California Employment Development Department. The state has gained a total of 333,100 jobs since the recovery began in September 2009. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged in February at 8.3%.
November 5, 2013 |
The California Assembly will hold a hearing Wednesday to determine what exactly went wrong with a botched upgrade to the state's unemployment benefits computer system that has left thousands without jobless checks for weeks. The Times has reported extensively on the problems that began over Labor Day weekend, when the California Employment Development Department launched the update. A problem occurred when transferring old claims data to the new software, which was designed by Deloitte Consulting, a New York firm with a record of delivering IT projects in California over budget and often with problematic results. LIVE CHAT: Join us at 11 a.m. The glitch affected as many as 300,000 claims, delaying payments to tens of thousands of unemployed Californians, according to internal emails.
June 1, 2012 |
Ten job agencies around the state have received a $5-million grant to be used to train and place military veterans in jobs, the California Employment Development Department said Friday. Each of the agencies, which include four in Los Angeles County, received $500,000 to help train and place military veterans, who have higher unemployment rates than civilian workers. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the jobless rate for military members who have served since September 2011 was 12.1% last year -- more than three points higher than national jobless rate in 2011, which was 8.9%.