Elizabeth and Nicole talk about unemployment as California continues to grapple with a spike in coronavirus cases and new restrictions in the ninth month of the pandemic.
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Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most recent pandemic restrictions and stay-at-home order, more Californians could lose their jobs. This episode is all about unemployment — from the state’s issues with claims to Californians’ personal struggles.
Co-host Elizabeth Aguilera talks with CalMatters economy reporter Lauren Hepler about the Employment Development Department’s issues handling unemployment claims, including a massive processing backlog and recent fraud scandals. Then co-host Nicole Nixon sits down with a few Californians to understand the challenges they’re facing to get by on unemployment checks, and the support they found through a Facebook group.
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