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The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is joining with communities across the state to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of California’s trailblazing Paid Family Leave (PFL) program—a program that delivered more than $11 billion in aid for nearly 4 million Californians caring for ill family members, bonding with children, and helping during a family member’s military deployment.

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California’s unemployment rate decreased to a new record low in the month of July 2022 to 3.9 percent as the state’s employers added 84,800 nonfarm payroll jobs to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys.

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In another major step toward improving services for California's linguistically diverse communities, Andrea Salazar, New York state's former language access coordinator, has joined California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) to lead a new Language Access Office. EDD also joined diverse communities across California to announce new grant funding to continue boosting multilingual access to state services.

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California’s unemployment rate dropped in the month of June 2022 to 4.2 percent as the state’s employers added 19,900 nonfarm payroll jobs to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys.

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California’s unemployment rate went down for the month of May 2022 to 4.3 percent1 as the state’s employers added 42,900 nonfarm payroll jobs2 to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. The state’s rate is now just 0.2 percentage point higher than the pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in February 2020.

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The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today it has awarded $1.2 million in Equity and Special Populations (ESP) Technical Assistance and Evaluation grants to support underserved job seekers in California. The funds for Program Year (PY) 2021-22 are going to ICF Incorporated, LLC, to assist current ESP program awardees with implementing projects that advance employment strategies for this population. ICF Incorporated, LLC, will enhance equity-of-access to workforce development services for English language learners, homeless and housing insecure, immigrants, justice-involved individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, young adults, and populations in locations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

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California’s unemployment rate went down for the month of April 2022 to 4.6 percent as the state’s employers added 41,400 nonfarm payroll jobs to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. March’s unemployment rate was revised down 0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent largely due to a 6,000-person decrease in unemployment.

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching on May 8, 2022, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is celebrating California’s Paid Family Leave program, which since its inception has delivered more than $12 billion in benefits on almost 4 million claims so Californians can take time off work to bond with a new child, care for an ill family member, or to help during a family member’s military deployment to a foreign country.

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