Many struggle securing unemployment as new beneficiaries qualify to receive assistance

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order allowing independent contractors', gig workers' and the self-employed to file for unemployment, but many are having a tough time receiving the benefits they need.

Posted: Apr 16, 2020 10:37 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2020 10:38 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- There's been a surge in unemployment inquiries over the past month.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to help with the surge in applications.

The order also expands qualifications to independent contractors, gig workers, and self-employed workers.

He also extended EDD call center hours from 8am to 8pm to help with the surge in inquiries.

Cammy Eberhardt is a local hairstylist who thinks this could help save her business.

She says, "...being able to get unemployement and having a little bit of that cushion just simply for bills, and not only that, with such a high demand for us coming back, we have to pay for our supplies and everything like that."

The EDD will begin accepting online applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28, but a lot of workers were having a hard time just starting the process to begin with.

Action New Now spoke with Stephanie Boss who lives in Butte County.

She applied shortly after getting laid-off near the end of March. Boss collected unemployment in 2012, but has since lost the card. She was also under the impression it would've expired by now.

Boss says she's been trying to get a new card for weeks. 

"I have not received any benefits at all, not a dime. However they approved me for the benefits, but there's no card to access any benefits. I have called repeatedly at every time of the day and I can't get an answer."

With more beneficiaries being added to the wait time in less than two weeks, the only thing remaining to be seen is how quickly the logjam will end.

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