Unemployment has hit California hard. Many people can breathe a sigh of relief as some federal money enters into the mix. The U.S. Department of Labor has certified for release $838,680,283 in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to the state of California.
“The federal government made these funds available as an incentive for states to strengthen their safety net as our economy continues to recover,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “I am pleased that California’s leaders took the necessary steps to provide unemployment insurance to an expanded group of deserving workers. These funds will help people continue to pay housing expenses, buy groceries and take care of their families while they look for full-time employment.”
This statement by Solis highlights the important role of state legislators. It seems as though if the right paperwork had not been filed, these funds would not have been made available for the thousands of unemployed workers.
“These funds will help 26,000 unemployed Californians who need additional support as the state’s economy starts to recover,” said Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. “Thanks to the leadership of the president and Secretary Solis, and the actions of our own state legislature, California is better equipped to serve displaced workers and is on better footing to pay down our unemployment insurance fund debt.”