California to pause unemployment claims for 2 weeks
Last updated 10/2/2020 at 4:37pm
California will not accept new unemployment claims until Monday, Oct. 5, as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Saturday, Sept. 19.
Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days, the state said in a news release. There are also 1 million cases where residents received payments but are awaiting a resolution to their modified claims.