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Starting February 15, 2024, the Employment Development Department (EDD) begins issuing payments for unemployment, disability, and Paid Family Leave customers on new Money Network prepaid debit cards. Benefit payments will no longer be issued on Bank of America debit cards. The EDD previously announced it was reaching out to its customers with related timelines and information to assist them in transitioning to Money Network Cards.

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today that it has awarded four organizations a total $26.7 million from the State of California General Fund for the Displaced Oil and Gas Workers Fund grant opportunity. The selected organizations will assist workers who are impacted by California’s gradual transition from oil and gas towards renewable energy. Awardees will guide displaced oil and gas industry workers into high-quality careers that offer economic stability and clear pathways for advancement.

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today that it has awarded $7 million to La Cooperativa Campesina de California (La Cooperativa), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping California’s farmworkers achieve lasting prosperity and self-sufficiency through education, training, placement, and other supportive services. La Cooperativa will use grant funds to provide outreach, and employment and training services to farmworkers affected at Prima Wawona, and other agricultural workers laid off throughout the State.

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) is expanding language access options in its myEDD web portal and UI Online for unemployment benefits. Starting December 14, 2023, individuals can apply for unemployment benefits and manage their claims via applications translated into Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese as well as Vietnamese. This is in addition to the English and Spanish applications already offered. The EDD will launch another update to its online systems in March 2024 to further expand language access to individuals who prefer to apply with a Korean, Armenian, or Tagalog application. These seven languages represent the top languages spoken by working-age adults in California.

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Employment Development Department (EDD) staff and local volunteers served approximately 2,500 Imperial County agricultural workers a pre-dawn breakfast today of tamales, beans, salsa, sweet bread, and coffee in recognition of their essential role in feeding the people of California, the nation, and beyond. For 44 years now, the EDD and local partners have hosted the annual Farm Workers Appreciation Breakfast in Calexico, California, as a way of thanking agricultural workers for their hard work, and the invaluable contributions they make to the state’s economy.

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) is changing banks for delivery of unemployment (UI), disability (DI), and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits. The transition from Bank of America to Money Network will begin with issuing new, enhanced prepaid debit cards with microchips, followed by providing a new direct deposit option later in the new year. Starting Monday, December 4, 2023, the EDD will send letters to about 850,000 Californians with active benefit claims informing them of key transition dates and actions.

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Veterans Day is our nation’s annual recognition honoring former military members and the immeasurable sacrifices they have made on behalf of our country. In accordance with Veterans Day, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is highlighting employment resources we provide to veterans statewide to help them in their transition from military service to the civilian workforce.

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The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today it has awarded over $760,000 to the California Labor Federation (CLF) to conduct employment services outreach to workers dislocated by the closure of Yellow Freight Corporation in multiple locations across California. CLF will use these funds to provide guidance and information on available job-related assistance and services to more than 2,229 dislocated workers represented by 19 California Teamster Locals.

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California’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.7 percent as the state’s employers added 8,700 nonfarm payroll jobs to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. Total nonfarm employment for August 2023 was revised down by 19,900 jobs due, in large part, to revised reductions in the Professional & Business Services sector.

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