October 19, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's unemployment rate fell to 10.2% in September from 10.6% in August, the second-largest drop in the nation. But just 8,500 net new jobs were created, according to the California Employment Development Department. The two statistics show somewhat different monthly trends because the unemployment rate is based on a survey of households while the total employment number comes from a more accurate check of businesses. The California results tracked national Department of Labor figures, released Oct. 5, that showed the national unemployment rate falling by three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8% -- its lowest level in 3 1/2 years -- but only 114,000 net new jobs being created nationally.
September 21, 2012 |
California's surprising resilience earlier this summer is fading as a slow global and U.S. economy damp the state's job prospects. The state's payrolls posted a lackluster net gain of 12,000 jobs in August, according to data from the Employment Development Department. Further, July's job gains were revised downward to 17,900 from 25,200 as originally reported. Hiring helped push down the jobless rate only slightly to 10.6% last month from 10.7% in July. "California continues to post sustained job growth, faster than the nation but slower than we hoped for," said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy in Palo Alto.
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September 9, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - California employers face new restrictions against shunting Sikh and Muslim workers out of public view for wearing turbans, beards and hijabs, under a bill signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure could affect workplaces from Disneyland to San Quentin Prison. "This bill, AB 1964, makes it very clear that wearing any type of religious clothing or hairstyle, particularly such as Sikhs do … is protected by law and nobody can discriminate against you because of that," Brown told some 400 Sikhs and supporters at a rally of the North American Punjabi Assn.
April 21, 2012 |
California's labor market continued its slow improvement in March as employers added jobs for the eighth straight month. Payrolls grew by 18,200 jobs last month, according to figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. That's on top of a revised gain of 38,600 jobs in February. The unemployment rate increased to 11% in March, up slightly from February's 10.9% rate. Improved employment prospects have encouraged more idled California workers to start job hunting again, driving the unemployment rate higher, said Dennis Meyers, principal economist for the state's Department of Finance.
March 23, 2012 |
California's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.9% in February even as the state added thousands of new jobs. The percentage of jobless workers held the same as January, though it was down from 12.0% in February last year. The rate remained the same even as the state added 4,000 total jobs in February, according to the California Employment Development Department. The state has gained a total of 333,100 jobs since the recovery began in September 2009. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged in February at 8.3%.
January 7, 2012 |
Even though the labor market is improving, thousands of unemployed Californians are caught in a bind: Some employers only want to hire them if they already have a job. Some companies state that plainly in employment ads. Others are more discreet, screening out jobless workers during the initial application process. Discrimination? Perhaps. But so far it's legal. But it won't be if a bill introduced this week by Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) is approved by California lawmakers.