Unemployment benefits paid to workers impacted by pandemic top $81 billion
September 10, 2020
To help support California workers, their families, and their local communities struggling through this historic COVID-19 pandemic, the California Employment Development Department has now issued $81.8 billion in unemployment benefits since mid-March. Last week alone, the EDD paid an average of $678 million a day in benefits – a 962% increase over benefits paid during the same week of the Great Recession in 2010 (an average of $64 million a day). So far in this pandemic, the EDD has processed 12.6 million claims between the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and extension claims, as well as the separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Read more here.