The records of the Department of Employment (1936-1967) and Department of Human Resources Development (1968-1974) include
42 cubic feet of records accumulated over 30 years at the California State Archives. The records cover the period 1932 to
1974 and reflect the work of one of the State's largest and most important social service agencies. In 1974 the Department
of Employment Development was replaced by the Department of Human Resources.
The Department of Employment was created by the Legislature in 1935 as part of the Unemployment Reserves Act. The act (Statutes
1935, chapter 352) was set up to provide "a (monetary) reserve to assist in protecting the public against the social effects
of unemployment." The purpose of the department was to operate a statewide system of employment agencies and distribute the
payment of unemployment insurance to eligible unemployed workers.
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