SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Employment Development Department is trying to reassure those receiving unemployment insurance it is working to address the delay in authorizing payments.
EDD spokesperson Patti Roberts says that from last Friday through Sunday, the agency authorized $31.7 million in payments compared to an average $17.5 million during a Friday through Saturday work period. EDD brought in 300 hundred staff to work Sunday, when the agency is typically closed, to help address the backlog.
Roberts attributed the slow payments to implementation of a new payment processing system.
She said there continues to be a backlog of certifications that require a one-time adjustment from how the claimant's old claim data aligns with the new system. Some 43,000 of 80,000 beneficiaries whose claims were more than 10 days old were resolved since Friday, Roberts said. However, others who certified on Sept. 10 and 11, were now entered into the backlog of processing extended beyond 10 days, thus increasing the backlog again.
Roberts says the number of backlogged claims is shrinking, though.
There are approximately 770,000 people receiving unemployment payments in California.