Authorities say some people are so desperate for money they are illegally cutting off parts of redwood trees to make and sell crafts. (Getty Images)

Redwood Park Closes Road To Deter Poachers

Unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the cutting of ancient redwood trees to make coffee tables and wall clocks.



Report Finds EDD Doesn’t Answer Up To 90 Percent Of Phone Calls

New numbers show up to 90 percent of daily callers seeking help from the Employment Development Department aren’t able to get ahold of a real person.


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Sacramento Economist: End Of Employment Benefits Economically Better In Long Term

More than a million Americans are holding out hope that something can be done to keep them from losing the checks they depend on to live before they lose everything else.



High Stakes For US Families Losing Jobless Benefit

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.


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California Jobless Rate Continues Positive Trend

California’s jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department said Friday, continuing a positive trend after increasing temporarily over the summer.


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California’s Unemployment Falls To 8.7 percent

California’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in September and was unchanged in October, following two straight monthly increases.



EDD, Deloitte Grilled On Unemployment System Upgrade Debacle

Deloitte admits it didn’t spend enough time looking at stop payment flags, which mark a person ineligible for unemployment benefits.


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US Jobless Claims Jump To 374,000 After Calif. Processes Huge Claims Backlog

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims and the partial government shutdown prompted some companies to cut jobs.


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California Jobless Rate Increases To 8.9 Percent

California’s unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in August, the second consecutive monthly increase, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.


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Bimbo Plant Closure Brings Sacramento Area Jobs Lost To 1,100 In A Year

Bimbo Bakeries is the latest factory in the Sacramento region to shut down, leaving more than 100 people out of work just before the holidays.


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EDD Insider Says 600K Unemployed Not Receiving Payments

Thousands of struggling Californians were promised they would get paid their money by this weekend after a computer glitch delayed their unemployment payments.



EDD Computer Glitch Leaves Thousands Without Unemployment For Nearly Two Weeks

A computer glitch at the Employment Development Department is creating a backlog for unemployed Californians, leaving some waiting for a check nearly two weeks later.