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Gov. Gavin Newsom explains how EDD’s 2-week reset will change California unemployment system

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During a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic and the wildfires burning in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom took some time to address the ongoing economic fallout that has left millions of Californians unemployed — and many of them frustrated with the state’s EDD, or Employment Development Department.

The department was overwhelmed by the volume of unemployment claims that have been filed over the past six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. EDD announced it is taking a two-week reset period in which it will not accept new claims in order to clear a massive backlog and also work to prevent fraud.

An EDD strike team found 600,000 workers still have not received benefits they applied for at least three weeks ago.

Newsom called the backlog “unacceptable” Monday and said the two-week reset aims to make things right.

We’ll be updating this story as we hear more from Gov. Gavin Newsom at noon. Check back for the latest.

The governor is expected to make more changes to the state’s four-tier reopening plan this week. Last week, he said more counties are expected to be moved from the “purple” category (the worst of the four) into the lower “red” tier. Other counties are expected to move into the even lower “orange tier.”

However, those changes have been traditionally announced on Tuesdays.