SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a solution to roadblocks with the Employment Development Department (EDD), lawmakers are now calling for an audit of the agency.
State lawmakers are requesting more information about the inner workings of the state employment office.
This move comes after several people seeking benefits have been asking for help for quite some time. Currently, there are 1 million unemployment cases on hold.
Representatives with the EDD say those claims are still being processed after a tidal wave of claims hit the department when the coronavirus shut down the state's economy.
Almost 9 million people have filed claims. The EDD saw a surge in unemployment applications in March and April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Gov. Newsom says the big problem that the EDD faces is aging computer infrastructure. Newsom has announced that a task force will be created to tackle the EDD backlog.