Still late, the count on the unemployed in San Diego without work relief put out by the Employment Development Department in Sacramento will come in. State work on the certified locals on the unemployment rolls continues while there is a delay in the EDD report due last Friday the 18th.
The state reporters count on a release of federal BLS counts for the September month headed off during the government shutdown. A small decrease in the San Diego rate would drop the county below the 7.2 percent level that makes clear the local labor recession is no longer unbeaten. The county leads a state recovery in municipalities. Contra Costa and Alameda stay close behind.
Texas and Oregon also have to overcome report delays caused by the late federal unemployment counts.
August was a typical good recovery month. The hiring has lasted through the year months. Unemployment rolls drop slowly due to the August end of the Tier 4 federal benefits. There are 770,000 Californians certified for state unemployment. About half get federal extension payments.
EDD is at work finishing the transition to the new UI Online payment processing that makes eligibility certification easy for locals. One billion payments have already been processed. Once the transition work is done, the online system will take in enrollee's certification data directly. Ending the period the data work was done by connecting to the Web-Cert and Tele-Cert systems.
Filers who use the online certification system will have to correct errors before UI Online accepts the benefits request. The error checking makes interviews with staff done to correct errors unnecessary.
A new email feature was set up to give claimants a quick way to learn claim specifics and ask questions.
September's temporary backlog that delayed filer's payment processing up to 10 days was fixed by the direct data entry. The new system will not delay claims as the hundreds of thousands of claims come in.
One million two hundred and seven thousand Californians already ran out of benefits.
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