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State wrongly denied hundreds of thousands of jobless claims, audit confirms
State wrongly denied hundreds of thousands of jobless claims, audit confirms

SACRAMENTO — State employees who process unemployment claims wrongly denied benefits for hundreds of thousands of jobless Californians, a result of a botched system and procedures that caused fired workers to wait months for benefits, a state audit concluded. The state Employment Development Department's poor handling of requests for jobless benefits forced the laid-off workers to appeal the agency's rejections of up to $450 a week, sorely needed money to pay rent, grocery and gas bills, State Auditor Elaine M. Howle said in a report released Thursday. The unemployed workers won their appeals 45% to 51% of the time during a nearly four-year period from July 2010 to April...

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