June 12, 2013 |
Patriotism isn't easy. Just ask L.A.'s garment makers. Three years after combining their names to create Venley, a company that produces T-shirts and other basics in a downtown Los Angeles factory, onetime fraternity brothers Nick Ventura and Kevin Gressley find manufacturing clothes in the U.S. to be an expensive and frustrating undertaking. Like many other apparel executives in the U.S., the pair pay more than the minimum wage, Ventura said. Sometimes, the same amount of money Venley shells out for locally made fabric gets Wal-Mart Stores Inc. an entire outfit sewed abroad.
November 5, 2013 |
The California Assembly will hold a hearing Wednesday to determine what exactly went wrong with a botched upgrade to the state's unemployment benefits computer system that has left thousands without jobless checks for weeks. The Times has reported extensively on the problems that began over Labor Day weekend, when the California Employment Development Department launched the update. A problem occurred when transferring old claims data to the new software, which was designed by Deloitte Consulting, a New York firm with a record of delivering IT projects in California over budget and often with problematic results. LIVE CHAT: Join us at 11 a.m. The glitch affected as many as 300,000 claims, delaying payments to tens of thousands of unemployed Californians, according to internal emails.
April 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Much-dreaded automatic federal budget cuts are about to be felt by more than 400,000 long-term unemployed in California. The California Employment Development Department, which administers both state and federal unemployment insurance programs, will be cutting the federal portion by approximately 17.7% beginning April 28. LIVE VIDEO CHAT: Join us at 2 p.m. That represents a tiny share of the $85-billion reduction in...
June 1, 2012 |
Ten job agencies around the state have received a $5-million grant to be used to train and place military veterans in jobs, the California Employment Development Department said Friday. Each of the agencies, which include four in Los Angeles County, received $500,000 to help train and place military veterans, who have higher unemployment rates than civilian workers. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the jobless rate for military members who have served since September 2011 was 12.1% last year -- more than three points higher than national jobless rate in 2011, which was 8.9%.
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%.
April 20, 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 38,600 jobs in February. The unemployment rate increased to 11% in March, up slightly from February's 10.9% rate. Still, improving job prospects have encouraged more California workers to reenter the labor force, driving the jobless rate higher, said Dennis Meyers, principal economist for the state's Department of Finance.