Over the past year, California’s unemployment insurance system has been rough on the state’s many employees and businesses. A myriad of computer glitches, leadership turnover and fewer staff members have all caused problems when it comes to jobless benefits.

However, that has changed recently. According to the Los Angeles Times, a new director and fewer problems have led to widespread improvements for the beleaguered agency.

Patrick Henning Jr., who took over California’s Employment Development Department in March, told the media outlet that the positive changes are all about getting back to basics. Above all else, that means making sure unemployment insurance benefits are paid on time.

“I think they’re making a tremendous amount of progress,” Assembly Insurance Committee chairman Henry Perea told the LA Times. “The governor has laid out goals that he wants to accomplish, and we’ll hold the administration accountable once the funding is given to the department.”

At the moment, the EDD is in the midst of rolling out many upgrades to California’s system. For example, a “virtual hold” feature – where callers leave contact information and are called back in a timely fashion – has been proposed. In addition, users may eventually be able to file benefits and perform other complicated tasks from their home computers on the EDD website. A more streamlined, effective system could alleviate some stress on unemployed workers and businesses in California.

Unemployment rate remains high
Recent unemployment data released by the EDD indicated that California’s current jobless rate remains relatively high. For March, the unemployment rate was at 8.1 percent, the same as it was in February. Moreover, nearly 2,000 jobs were added in the state during that time.

Out of all the major job sectors in The Golden State, seven gained jobs in March. The largest increases were reported in information, professional and business services, and trade, transportation and utilities. According to the EDD, trends for California are getting better. Over the past several months, unemployment figures have been heading down, with a lower jobless rate noted on a yearly basis, and a pace of decline that is more rapid than the national rate.

Overall, these emerging conditions and the improvements to the unemployment insurance system should bode well for all residents and businesses located in California.

Juggling tax rates, expenses, and difficult employees can become challenging at your company. Here at Corporate Cost Control, we understand these problems and are well-positioned to help. Our extensive background in cost control and human resources will allow you to better manage your unemployment expenses.


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