COVID unemployment: EDD jobless claims backlog rockets higher

A mammoth backlog of unemployment claims in California has reached its highest levels in more than two months, with well over 1 million workers mired in the state government’s bureaucratic limbo.

The logjam has surfaced at the same time that California jobless claims showed a tiny decrease last week — although the current level of unemployment filings are far above the pre-COVID levels, suggesting that brutal numbers of layoffs continue to jolt the state’s wobbly economy.

California workers filed 70,744 initial claims for unemployment during the week ending on May 8, the U.S. Labor Department reported. That was down 324 from the prior week.

The current pace of jobless claims

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