It’s Q3 and Q4 of 2013 + that EDD is not using the latest U.S. Dept of Labor statistics that is the real reason why Californians are not receiving an EUC. Do the math from the links below which official state UI rates are calculated using a rolling 3 quarter period (Sept 2013-June 2014). Per the US bureau of labor statistics, California’s REAL unemployment rate as of June 2014 should be 9.1% (9.0% UI rate qualifies for extension) calculated as follows:
So, even with the exclusion of the so-called “discouraged workers” of 0.6%, California would qualify as of July 2014. Bottom line is, the House is using only U3 and not factoring in the “marginally unemployed” defined as “A “marginally attached” worker is someone who:
-is currently not in the labor force
-wants full-time work
-has actively looked for a job sometime in the past 12 months
Source: Official U.S. Dept of Labor
(U-3, total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (this is the definition used for the official unemployment rate.
U-4, total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers;
U-5, total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other marginally attached workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.
What all this means is that if the EDD took into account the above calculation, and the fact that UI rates in Q3 and Q4 are always lower because of the holiday seasonal hiring only, the UI EUC would be unquestioned. If you look at all of this that way, the EUC should kick in October. If you don’t receive retro EUC by then, you can smash the pie down the House’s collective throats. And we should use this to barrage them.