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California unemployment chief to retire amid claims backlog

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Oct 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of California's unemployment benefits department, Sharon Hilliard, said she will retire at the end of the year.

The announcement Friday comes after the agency has been overwhelmed by more than 15 million claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency has a backlog of more than 900,000 people still waiting to receive benefits.

Hilliard has said the backlog won't be cleared until the end of January.

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Julie A. Sue praised Hilliard for helping reset the agency's culture.

Republican Assembly Jim Patterson urged the governor to appoint a replacement from outside the agency.