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Update: State Unemployment Website Back Up For First Time Applicants

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Update at 8:35 a.m.: The state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) website page for first time filers is back in service. The page was down for a few days not allowing any new filings. Further details can be viewed below.

Original post at 10:45 a.m.(3/21/2020): Sonora, CA – For those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and planned on filing for unemployment online at the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) website this weekend, think again.

At the posting of this story, first-time filers in the state will find the message below.

EDD site down for scheduled work
EDD site down for scheduled work

However, that time has come and gone with no new explanation for the delay posted. One reason may be the fact that since even before the governor’s shelter in place order was announced the site has been crashing due the rush of people trying to file.

In a recent address Governor Gavin Newsom shared, “There is no greater impact quickly in terms of unemployment insurance and as you see those claims have skyrocketed in the state of California, 40,000 a few days ago, 80,000 claims two days ago. It gives you a sense of the magnitude of this moment.”

Those that have already applied have access to their accounts and other services.