Computer glitch impacts desert’s unemployed

September 26th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

The Coachella Valley’s two Assembly members have been fielding calls from local residents who haven’t gotten their unemployment checks.

Officials have blamed a computer glitch for delaying checks to about 80,000 Californians.

On Wednesday the state’s Employment Development Department was ordered to pay them out immediately.

Assemblyman Brian Nestande’s office has already gotten calls from 36 people.

“I have expressed my concerns to the EDD office to fix this situation as quickly and efficiently as possible and to prioritize those who are in dire needs,” Nestande, a Palm Desert Republican, said in a statement today.

Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez’s office got calls from four people, but those cases have been resolved, according to the Coachella Democrat’s office.

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