Aging computer system holds up unemployment checks
December 9, 2009
An estimated 117,000 Californians haven’t received their unemployment checks–some for more than a month–because of an aging and outdated statewide computer system.
According to Wednesday’s LA Times, 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.
State officials report that California’s 30-year-old computer system isn’t programmed to recognize recent unemployment benefit extensions authorized by President Obama.