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Computer System Crash Halts Payment of Unemployment Benefits

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 State of California computer system kept as many as 100,000 Californians from receiving their unemployment benefits yesterday (Tuesday.) 

Patty Roberts with the Employment Development Department says the state was unable to load money on to as many as 100,000 benefit cards, "The state computer system had a glitch in it so they had to pull down their system for a couple hours which affected our files that Employment Development Department sent over to them so that there was a couple hour delays in loading people's debit cards."

The California Technology Agency's Adam Dondro says a cause for the system shut down has not been identified, "We're evaluating what happened with the essentially broken system to see if we need to repair or replace it or what. In the meanwhile the one system we have is functioning and has everything working properly."

The Employment Development Department says everyone who experienced a delay in receiving their unemployment benefits have now received them.

Some disability benefit payments were also delayed. 

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