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    Anxiety Runs High As Pennsylvania Begins Massive Overhaul Of 60-Year-Old Unemployment Computer System

    “I feel like I am a sinking ship right now.” “Next month will be a year that they have been putting me through this.” “I just need some help, I am about to be homeless.” “Please help.” The unemployed in Pennsylvania — pregnant people, parents unable to pay child support, nursing students, and adult children caring for disabled parents, among many others — have spent months over the last year waiting to receive benefits they are entitled to from the state Department of Labor and Industry, to little avail. And depending whom you ask, some much-needed relief — or added  

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    Wyden unveils $500 million bill to fix state unemployment computer systems

    “Unemployment began in the 1930s, and not that much really has changed,” Wyden (D-Ore.) said ahead of the bill’s introduction. “And certainly unemployment insurance services have not kept up with the times.” Wyden’s measure is backed by fellow Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) and Mark R. Warner (Va.). It marks a direct response to the technical glitches last year that slowed unemployment websites, left government phone lines clogged and marred the U.S. government’s economic response to the coronavirus, as millions of Americans who unexpectedly lost their jobs struggled to stay current on their bills. Over a  

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    California EDD: ’80s computer technology delays unemployment benefits for millions

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — If you’ve ever worked with a clunky computer, you know what folks applying for unemployment are dealing with. As KGO-TV reports, an audit of EDD released this week raises some perplexing issues about the agency’s outdated computer system — a technological nightmare that delayed jobless benefits for millions, including Carla Winter-Evans. California paid out $11 billion in fake jobless claims last year, official says The Northern California woman belted out a tune for us on the spot. “Well, let me entertain you,” she sang. Unfortunately, the face painter and magician hasn’t had much entertaining to do  

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