93,000 Californians To Lose Their Unemployment Benefits Next Month

About 93,000 unemployed Californians will be abruptly cut off from unemployment benefits next month, despite the Golden State’s current unemployment rate of 11 percent. Because California’s unemployment rate has improved recently (dropping nearly a full percentage point from this time last year), it is no longer eligible for extended benefits from the federal government. “It’s completely arbitrary,” said Michael Evangelist, a policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project.