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WATCH: How To Navigate (Un)Employment Issues During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Devastating new jobless numbers came out today showing 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment last week — the sharpest rise in U.S. history.

Are you among those affected by the massive shutdown to try to stem the spread of COVID-19? Have your hours been cut back? Have you been laid off because of the "stay-at-home" orders?

CalMatters reporters asked state leaders how Californians can file for unemployment, get paid sick leave and more during the pandemic. You can watch a replay above.

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Scheduled Moderators:

CalMatters assistant editor Judy Lin and California Divide reporter Nigel Duara

Scheduled Participants:

  • Loree Levy, California Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Employment Development Department
  • Lilia Garcia-Brower, California Labor Commissioner, about filing for unemployment and figuring out sick and family leave.

This event is part of CalMatters' “Getting Through Coronavirus, Explained” web series.