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COVID economy: California unemployment claims improve — but backlog worsens

California workers filed fewer unemployment claims last week — but the state’s labor agency is falling behind again in its uneven efforts to whittle down a mountain of backlogged claims, separate government reports show.

Workers statewide filed 71,200 first-time claims for unemployment during the week that ended on May 1, which was down 7,400 from the 78,600 claims that were filed in the week ending on April 24, the federal Department of Labor reported Thursday.

However, the backlog of unemployment claims that have yet to be paid or resolved by state labor officials remains at a mammoth level and totaled 1.05 million during the week that ended on April 24, a report from the Employment Development Department shows.



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