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EDD Site Crashes as CA Self-Employed Try to File

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California Self-employed, independent contractors, & ‘gig’ workers can finally apply for unemployment, as of today April 28th.  But, as of 10 AM today, the EDD has crashed for many.

This reporter has been trying to file since 9AM (pst) this morning.  And has not had any luck, the system simply keeps crashing.  California has an estimated 2.2 Million self-employed workers, all who have not been eligible for unemployment benefits until today.  The ‘PUA’ or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is accepting applications online, but we recommend waiting a bit, it will not effect your award, they back date it.

Independent contractors, gig-workers, and self employed people have been waiting since March for help from the state. Unemployment benefits have not been available to self-employed people since the pandemic started. Naturally, millions of Californians are now poor, panicked, and pissed-off. Not just because it took 2 months to offer them help, but because the EDD site keeps crashing, now at the eleventh hour, a few days from the end of the month when most citizens must pay their rent.

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  1. mike wilson
    April 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    So, any luck? This is why people HATE GOVERNMENT! You should try the new free meals site. My 85 year old inlaws have had no luck even though GRABEM NEWSOM said it was up and working. They tried for three days and the 211 operators have zero clue! Keep voting DEMOCRAT and this is what you get.

  2. Shawn Loe
    April 30, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Mike, That’s ridiculous. Keep voting R and you’ll get this f’d up pandemic again. Also, the D’s create far better websites historically. Stop cheery picking.

  3. Carol Scott
    May 2, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Im with Mike Wilson. For someone to say that a political party started a virus, instead of China, they have a very low IQ. At least be fair and accept the truth.