SACRAMENTO, CA - For weeks, the California's Employment Development Department said it was working on the problems preventing people from receiving their unemployment benefits. Late Wednesday afternoon, EDD released a statement saying they had cleared the backlog.
However, after the EDD's statement was released, numerous claimants said they were still waiting for their unemployment benefits.
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"I don't know what I'll do if this money doesn't come in soon," said Tom White, who lost his job over the summer.
Since then, White has budgeted his money carefully to pay for the essentials, but for weeks he's been having to adjust those plans as he continues to wait for his unemployment payments.
"I've got a wife who has medical issues, and I'm having to make Cobra payments, so she retains her medical insurance, and without the unemployment I can't do that," White said.
He's not alone. Danelle Elswick worries that if she doesn't get her benefits soon, her 11-month-old baby will be the one who suffers.
"As a parent, you want to provide for your kids, and for me it's the idea that we are chipping away at our savings for our child," Elswick said. "I want to be able to feed him, clothe him, keep him safe, of course, and keep him in a home."
The EDD's announcement that it had finally cleared its backlog came as little comfort for many.
"A couple of weeks ago they said everything would be fixed that weekend, and then last week they said everything would be fixed by this Tuesday," White said. "And these deadlines keep passing, and now they're saying it's fixed, but it's obviously not fixed."