California’s unemployment fraud reaches at least $20 billion

State officials blamed nearly all of that fraud on a hastily approved expansion of unemployment benefits by Congress that let people who were self-employed get weekly checks from the government with few safeguards to stop people from getting benefits who were not eligible to receive them.

EDD success stories: One California man to get paid after 14 months

Sirmac Javius took advantage of a little-known, free governmental assistance program established during the pandemic, where California lawmakers' now have a small cadre of dedicated EDD staff to help constituents navigate the tangled bureaucracy, which has been riddled with technical difficulty and backlog of cases.

California EDD delays push East Bay man into homelessness

Sirmac Jarvius was working as an apprentice barber in East Oakland before the pandemic hit. When he lost his job, he turned to the California EDD for help. Fourteen months later, he's still waiting to receive his first payment.

California EDD pushes East Bay man into homelessness

Cirmac Jarvius was working as an apprentice barber in East Oakland before the pandemic hit. When he lost his job, he turned to the California EDD for help. 14 months later, he's still waiting to receive his first payment. KTVU's Rob Roth reports.

Frustrated by EDD? Here's where you can go for help

State senators and assembly members have already become one of the few ways that unemployed people can get through to EDD. But does the typical Californian know that they can turn to their legislator for help?