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The California Employment Development Department (EDD) today issued an update on several enhancements being implemented within the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program—including adding dedicated phones lines in Armenian, Korean, and Tagalog, so California’s eight most commonly spoken languages are served with direct access assistance, as well as launching the first phase of a new call back feature on the call center. EDD is also notifying identified Californians of the expanded federal eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit claims.

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California’s unemployment rate increased in the month of October 2022 to 4.0 percent1 despite the state’s employers adding 56,700 nonfarm payroll jobs2 to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. The state has also now completed its full recovery from the large job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Veterans Day provides California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) an annual opportunity to honor the many brave individuals who serve and have served our country, by highlighting employment resources the EDD provides statewide to help veterans in their transition from military service to the civilian workforce. The EDD’s 2022 Veterans Day web page features valuable information and resources, along with video success stories that show how veterans, and employers who hired veterans, used EDD services to make a career connection.

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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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