California unemployment checks delayed
September 20, 2013
Thousands of Californians did not receive their unemployment checks this week while the state struggles to upgrade its 30-year-old payroll system.
On Tuesday, the Employment Development Department announced that about 50,000 unemployed Californians did not receive their unemployment checks. A department spokesperson said that about 16 percent of the state’s 800,000 claims needed to be manually installed because of a glitch in the new system.
According to the department’s website, staff is working around the clock to finish processing delayed claims.
“We have dedicated every available resource to this effort,” the department says on its website. “However, we are limited by a staffing shortage created by reduced federal funding.”