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Sep 19, 2013 12:30 AM by Victoria Johnson

Late unemployment checks causing more stress

It's hard enough to be out of work. Now, thousands of unemployed people in California have not been getting their unemployment checks for weeks. Patti Roberts is a spokesperson for California's Employment Development Department. She says their computer system hasn't been upgraded in 30 years. Over this past Labor Day weekend, the system was upgraded and now, it has caused some problems. She says that out of 800,000 people who qualify for unemployment, as of yesterday, a little more than 10%, or 90,000 people, had to wait more than 10 days for their checks.One local man says he is stressed while waiting for his check and may not have money to buy the gas to get to an interview this week. He says he is frustrated about not getting a clear answer on when the problem will be resolved. The EDD says while they are working to solve the problem, and until the old and new systems have successfully merged, they are manually adjusting old claims. However, more claims pile up on a daily basis. Through this period, the EDD is working hard to make the payments quicker by expanding processing time, having staff work overtime and through the weekend. In a statement, they said "the EDD sincerely apologizes for the hardship experienced for those with backlogged certifications for benefits." Today's numbers haven't been released, but the ones from earlier this week indicate they're catching up. The EDD says it will take a few more weeks to complete the transition. In the meantime, people who are waiting to receive their payments, can get the latest information on the EDD's website, edd.ca.gov, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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