CALIFORNIA - The California Employment Development Department is back online and accepting new unemployment applications.
The EDD shutdown in order to address a massive backlog of applications, as well as extensive fraud.
EDD officials reported a new ID verification system is now in place. They also shared 64% of new claims were automatically verified.
State Senator Jim Nielsen accompanied a group of Californians impacted by the EDD situation to the department's office in Sacramento, calling on the governor to expedite the frustrating process.
"It is very disheartening to see the lack of urgency," said Chico resident Megan Williams. "I feel bad for the people who are not as lucky to have others to lean on financially, or who have landlords that are not as understanding as mine."
1.6 million unemployed Californians are still waiting for their benefits.
Senator Nielson says his office was informed after the two-week so-called "reset".
The backlog to review claims went from eight weeks to 11 weeks.