August 24, 2020

LWDA Weekly Roundup: 

Each week the Labor & Workforce Development Agency and its departments engage with the public, stakeholders, and reporters on social, digital, and traditional media. Here are the highlights from last week.

Secretary Su Releases Joint Statement with GO-Biz Acting Director on July Employment Numbers
Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from July, California’s Labor Secretary Julie A. Su issued a joint statement with Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Chris Dombrowski. Read more here.
California Secures $4.5 Billion for Lost Wages Assistance Program
The Employment Development Department (EDD) today announced the state’s participation in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, which was authorized by an August 8, 2020 Presidential Memorandum. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the state’s application and will provide an initial amount of $4.5 billion, with the possibility of additional funding going forward.  Read more here.
New Videos:
EDD Hiring Workshop Series is now available on YouTube
Part 1: Process Overview
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Part 2: Resumes & SOQs
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Part 3: Test & Interview Tips
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On the Record:
California Unemployment Improves to 13.3 Percent in July
August 21, 2020

California’s unemployment rate improved to 13.3 percent in July as the state’s employers added 140,400 jobs, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. This comes after June’s record gain of 542,500 jobs and record losses from March and April in a data series that dates back to 1976. California has now regained nearly a third (31.1 percent) of the 2,625,500 nonfarm jobs lost during March and April as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
$67 Billion of
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Issued to Impacted Workers

August 20, 2020

After five months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the historic demand for unemployment benefits it has created, impacted workers have received a total of $67 billion in benefits to help support their families as well as businesses in their community. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reports processing a total of 10.6 million claims for benefits over that time between the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, extensions, and separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. That’s almost triple the number of claims processed in the highest year of the Great Recession (3.8 million claims in 2010). Read more here.
Workplace Health, Safety, and Rights:
COVID-19 Employer Handbook Available Now
Cal/OSHA Reminder: Protect Outdoor Workers From Heat Illness In Hot Weather (August 13, 2020)
Labor Commissioner's Office Reaches $2.6 Million Settlement Securing Unpaid Wages for 133 Bay Area Restaurant Workers (August 12, 2020)
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