COVID-related unemployment benefits are retrospectively available to more Californians under updated federal guidelines

Unemployment benefits related to COVID-19 ended 15 months ago, but thousands of Californians may still be entitled to the money retrospectively.

This is due to changes in federal guidelines.

Certain people who were unemployed in 2020 and 2021 and did not meet initial eligibility requirements could now receive hundreds of dollars in weekly benefits.

Among those who may now qualify: those who have refused to work for an employer that violated COVID safety standards, school workers whose normal hours have been affected, and those who have been laid off or whose hours have been reduced due to the pandemic has been reduced.

Meanwhile, California’s unemployment rate edged up slightly in November, despite the addition of nearly 27,000 nonfarm payrolls.

The nationwide rate hit 4.1%, up from 4.0% in October.

In Los Angeles County, the unemployment rate remained steady at 4.9%. That’s still well below the 6.9% rate seen in November last year.

Most of the new jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

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Laura Coffey

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