December 9, 2009 |
An estimated 117,000 Californians haven't received their unemployment checks -- some for more than a month -- because of what state officials blame on an archaic computer system. The people whose checks have been held up are among the neediest of the unemployed -- those who have been out of work so long that their benefits have expired. Under legislation signed by President Obama on Nov. 6, they were supposed to get unemployment checks for an additional 14 weeks or more. State Employment Development Department officials say they are doing everything they can to issue the checks, even postponing some staff furloughs to deal with the demand for services.
October 22, 2009 |
They won't be called stimulus. And they won't cost anything close to $787 billion. House leaders plan to press for new measures aimed at creating jobs and maintaining a safety net for the unemployed in hopes of preventing a still-fragile economy from lapsing back into recession, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday. "It is not the plan to put it all in a bill and move forward. Because we do not have plans for an additional stimulus package," Pelosi (D-San Francisco) told reporters.
October 9, 2009 |
The Obama administration has asked California to explain how furloughs for state workers are affecting the state's ability to meet an escalating demand for unemployment insurance benefits and services to millions of jobless people. A regional administrator at the Labor Department this week wrote to the director of the California Employment Development Department, asking him to demonstrate that no decline in the federally financed unemployment insurance program "will occur as the result of this statewide action."
September 23, 2009 |
The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to approve a $1.4-billion stopgap extension of jobless benefits, but some states are beginning to seek longer-term solutions to an unemployment problem that is expected to worsen heading into next year. The extension, covering an additional 13 weeks, would maintain payments for more than 1 million workers in 29 hard-hit states whose benefits are set to expire before the end of 2009. Unemployment payments for more than 300,000 U.S. workers will end this month alone.
July 30, 2009 |
Stung by criticism, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted his administration's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, plagued by a massive backlog in handling appeals of jobless Californians denied unemployment compensation. The board has blamed the governor's policies for at least part of an 82,500-case pileup, citing state-ordered work furloughs for its employees. Now Schwarzenegger is firing back, saying board staff members, including judges, are not working hard enough.
April 8, 2009 |
California is moving quickly to pump $415 million in federal stimulus money into upgrading job training and placement services at employment centers around the state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Tuesday. A key legislator praised Schwarzenegger for taking advantage of the Obama administration's largess and making sure that it flows as rapidly as possible into communities that have been hard hit by the recession.
March 27, 2009 |
Tens of thousands of Californians out of work for more than a year soon will be getting an extra 20 weeks of unemployment insurance checks, thanks to the federal economic stimulus program. The Legislature approved the extended benefits Thursday, and processing of them is expected to get underway as early as today after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs legislation authorizing the state to receive more than $3 billion from Washington.
March 5, 2009 |
A legislative committee Wednesday gave fast-track approval to a bill to funnel $839 million in federal stimulus money into California's insolvent unemployment insurance fund, but the benefits may not help California's 1.9 million jobless before late next year. The Employment Development Department, which sends out unemployment benefit checks, said it needed 18 months to modernize its 3-decade-old computer system.
February 25, 2009 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is prepared to back legislation that would give California $844 million in federal stimulus funds to fix the state's bankrupt system for paying unemployment benefits. The disclosure by a spokeswoman for the governor was the first indication that the Schwarzenegger administration would comply with federal requirements that make it easier for low-wage workers to be eligible for unemployment benefits.