CA Unemployment is not getting better, and Newsom is to blame

Written by Amanda Angulo

California’s unemployment claims are soaring, and Gov. Newsom is to blame. 

According to the Employment Development Department, the California backlog of unemployment claims has been rising for the past six weeks straight, reaching nearly 1.19 million. There were also around 159,000 additional claims filed for the week ending Feb 13, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

The backlogs show that about 80% of those claimants are in situations where claims are pending because of potential overpayment or because claimants have yet to certify their eligibility for payment as required, according to the California EDD website. 

The EDD overpaid or mistakenly paid millions of people during the pandemic and even sent money to prison inmates as well as crime syndicates overseas.

Last week, California accounted for 18.4% of all unemployment claims filed in the nation, when just a few weeks ago, that number was 6.3%. As of Feb. 6, California only accounted for 15.3% of the nation’s labor force. 

Jobless filings have been rising ever since Governor Newsom shut down the state’s economy to ‘combat COVID.’ He did wind up loosening the lockdown requirements days after Biden entered office, however, despite no change in science. 

By Feb. 13, an average of about 115,000 unemployment claims were being filed per week, which is an increase of over 10,000 from the average on Feb. 6.

This is a direct result of Gov. Newsom’s administration. By forcing several businesses to shut down, which especially harms small business owners, Newsom single-handedly decimated businesses and caused the state’s unemployment numbers to skyrocket. According to employment attorney Michael Bernick, “thousands of California businesses already have closed permanently.” 

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