Tag: California Unemployment Rate

California’s 11.3% Unemployment Rate Improving But ……


Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee has the numbers and some explanation of the 11.3% unemployment rate which is one of the worst in the country.

California’s unemployment rate has been edging downwards in recent months in an apparent sign of slow recovery from the state’s worst recession since the Great Depression, dropping to 11.3 percent in November.

But it’s a mixed bag of numbers.

By and large, California’s economy continues to be mired in the worst recession since the Great Depression.


Some of the Worst U.S. Unemployment Rates Are in California Cities


From the Associated Press:

Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of large U.S. cities in August, despite zero job growth nationwide.

Here are the cities with the highest and lowest rates:

Best and Worst Metro areas.Figures are in percentages

Highest unemployment rates August 2011

  • El Centro, Calif. 32.4
  • Yuma, Ariz. 29.4
  • Merced, Calif. 17.5
  • Yuba City, Calif. 17.0
  • Stockton, Calif. 16.1
  • Modesto, Calif. 16.0
  • Fresno, Calif. 15.8
  • Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 15.7
  • Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. 15.3
  • Palm Coast, Fla. 14.9

The 32.4% unemployment rate for El Centro is out of sight.       

El Centro is the center of one of Southern California’s most promising new commercial and industrial regions. There are two international border crossings nearby for commercial and noncommercial vehicles.
Covering 11.019 square miles is the largest city in Imperial County. We are located 616 miles southwest of San Francisco, 117 miles east of San Diego and 245 miles west of Phoenix, Az. and just 15 minutes from the international industrial complexes in Mexicali, Baja California. El Centro is accessible via Interstate 8, State Highway 86 and State Highway 111.


California Unemployment Rate Increases to 12.1% As Employers Cut Jobs


California Unemployment Rate by County as of July 2011

No economic recovery in California, that is for sure.

Unsettled by signs that the recovery is stumbling, California employers in August cut jobs for the second month in a row, helping push the unemployment rate to 12.1% from 12% in July.

Payrolls fell by 8,400 positions last month, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department.

The losses are worrying to economists, who say turmoil at the state and national levels could continue through the fall. The country added no jobs in August. The national unemployment rate stands at 9.1%.

“Businesses are very reluctant to hire people,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Cal State Channel Islands. “They are adopting a wait-and-see attitude.”

California has the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation after Nevada. Nevada’s unemployment rate jumped to 13.4% in August, from a revised 12.9% in July.

There are 2.2 million people out of work in California and many have been without a job for more than a year.

California’s job market has been up and down this year. The state has added 98,500 positions through the first eight months of 2011. But key industries such as construction continue to struggle. That sector lost the most jobs in California last month, 7,200 positions.

Southern California home prices fell 1.4% last month from July, and foreclosure proceedings accelerated 55% in the state last month.

I have never seen the economy so poor in California. There needs to be a concerted effort by the federal government to spur economic growth. But, there has been little except for Crony Capitalism and bloated, unnecessary stimulus spending.

Even the California Field Poll echoed frustration with President Obama and we all know how blue California is.

If the economy does not turn around soon, voters will be voting all of the incumbents out of office in November 2012, including the President.


Flap’s California Morning Collecton: August 22, 2011


A morning collection of links and comments about my home, California.

Rubio headed to California for major speech

Just days after Marco Rubio’s election as Florida’s newest Republican U.S. senator, former First Lady Nancy Reagan wrote to him, asking him to speak at her husband’s presidential library.

“You’ve been identified as someone to watch on the national political scene. I’m looking forward to watching you in your new role,” she said, in an invitation that no admirer of her late husband, former President Ronald Reagan, could decline. “Americans are curious to get to know you. I believe the Reagan Library would be a great venue for you to deliver an address.”

Rubio will officially be someone to watch on Tuesday, when he travels to California for his first major speech outside of Florida or the U.S. Senate — as well as some fundraising for his just-launched political action committee. He’s expected to expound on a familiar theme of his own and Reagan’s at the former president’s library: the role of government in America.

Group protests at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

Nearly 70 people gathered Sunday for a protest rally at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo.

Chanting “Books not bars! Schools not jails!” those who attended came from across the state, hoping to bring attention to abuses they say are occurring within the facility.

Jaime Barillas said his 18-year-old son has been beaten by guards and had chemicals sprayed in his face. Barillas’s eyes welled up with tears as he explained how his son’s problems began when Barillas and his wife got divorced and the boy started hanging with a bad crowd.

“He’s been here the last eight months,” he said.

Barillas and others in attendance believe the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice is profiting by keeping youths incarcerated for longer than they should be.

“Every time he gets close to getting out of there something happens” to keep him locked up, Barillas said.

“You don’t want them to be rehabilitated!” Joaquin Diazdelon shouted through a megaphone. “You’re being exposed today!”

Diazdelon spent two years incarcerated in DJJ institutions in Northern California. He said he initially was sent to one after an attempted burglary in Fresno County. Now he said he works as a youth justice educator and speaks with lawmakers about the system.

Unemployment highest among teens, minorities, men

California’s unemployment rate remains the second-highest in the nation – 12 percent in July – but among some demographic groups, joblessness is even higher.

The unemployment rate among 16- to 19-year-olds in California was 34.2 percent last month, according to the state’s analysis of federal data [PDF]. That’s down from 34.5 percent a month earlier and 34.8 percent a year ago.

For non-white workers, unemployment over the past year has increased, from 12.4 percent to 13.4 percent. Whereas 11.6 percent of whites were out of work in July, 14.3 percent of Hispanics and 20.3 percent of blacks were unemployed.

While the unemployment rate in California is higher among men than women, over the past year, it has improved more for men than it has for women: Between July 2010 and July 2011, the unemployment rate among men fell from 13 percent to 12.5 percent. Among women, unemployment rose from 11 to 11.4 percent during the same time.

Many of the jobless Californians counted a year ago still are unemployed today: Slightly more than 1 in 3 – 727,000 people in all – have been out of work 52 weeks or more. Over the past year, the number of people unemployed a year or more grew 18.8 percent.

Unemployed workers are eligible for up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits. As of Aug. 16, the number of Californians who had exhausted all their benefits is more than 497,000, according to the state Employment Development Department.

Grocery union vote backs strike at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons

Members of a union that represents 62,000 grocery workers at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if an agreement on a new contract can’t be reached.

The strike authorization won the backing of more than 90% of the United Food and Commercial Workers members who voted, easily more than the two-thirds majority required, the union said.

The union said it would report the vote results Monday to a federal mediator trying to resolve the contract dispute.

Since the latest contract governing wages, healthcare benefits, and workplace rules expired in March. union and management negotiators have met more than 53 times. Healthcare benefits are a major area of contention.

Both sides said they would like to avoid a repeat of a four-and-a-half-month strike and lockout in 2003.

“We don’t want to strike,” said Rick Icaza, president of the union’s Local 770, the biggest of seven locals representing workers who would covered by a new contract. “We want to get back to work taking care of customers and our families. But the corporate owners of the supermarkets refuse to negotiate fairly to reach a compromise.”

In a statement, Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra M. Doyel called the strike authorization a commonly used negotiating tactic and said it did not necessarily mean a strike would be called.

“Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons remain committed to reaching a contract that is good for our employees and keeps these union jobs sustainable for the future.” Doyel said.

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