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March 27, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo and Michael Mello
TUCSON -- Jared Loughner's father described his son as “too smart for his own good” and said he “was just never the same” after he was kicked out of a community college and fired from a mall job, according to investigative records released Wednesday. Loughner, who pleaded guilty in August in the rampage that killed six and  injured 13,  was an “outcast” who didn't have anymore friends, according to his father, Randy Loughner, who was interviewed by authorities a few hours after the shooting.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% in January, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "California employment is coming back very nicely after a bump in the month of January," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Cal State Channel Islands. "We are seeing more and more cylinders in the economic engine firing.
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BUSINESS
October 20, 2011 | By Christina Rosales
Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation's 9% unemployment rate. In a 6-by-4-inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost a job a pre-printed message of encouragement and sympathy. Although not available at every corner store, layoff greeting cards are being produced by Hallmark and sold at its stores and online — and selling well, said Frank Fernandez, owner of two Hallmark stores in North Texas. "We're in the emotional business," Fernandez said.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
In a sensible world, the newest government study of the economic effects of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would end the discussion. Here are the main points . See if you can guess which one has gotten the most headline play in the news. 1. Wages would rise for 16.5 million workers. 2. Income for families living below the poverty line would rise by a combined $5 billion, and by $12 billion for those earning less than three times the poverty level. 3. About 900,000 people would be moved out of poverty.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
After two decades of decline, the suicide rate in Great Britain began rising in 2008, mystifying researchers. Now, a new study finds that that nation's financial crisis may help explain the sudden reversal, linking rising unemployment geographically with hikes in suicides. Writing in the British Medical Journal, a team of public health researchers found that between 2008 and 2010, Great Britain's worsening financial crisis and rising unemployment rate coincided with almost 1,000 suicides above expected levels.
SPORTS
May 21, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Though he helped the Clippers to their best record in franchise history and back-to-back Western Conference playoff appearances, those weren't  enough for Vinny Del Negro to keep his job as coach of the team. Del Negro said that being let go Tuesday was “hard to take," but that he understood how the business of professional basketball works. He  said he was happy to help change the Clippers' culture. He also wanted to thank Clippers owner Donald Sterling, President Andy Roeser, Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks and director of basketball administration Eric Miller.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2009 | Marc Lifsher and Alana Semuels
California shed 66,500 jobs in June, and more losses loom as double-digit unemployment spreads to state and local governments, once reliable bastions of employment security. June's 11.6% unemployment rate is a post-World War II record. Professional services, construction and trade continue to top the state's jobless categories. But in a troubling sign, governments -- a stable part of the state's economy for a decade -- have been laying off thousands of workers in recent months.
NEWS
December 9, 2001 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The nation's unemployment rate shot up to 5.7% in November as the job loss total for the last two months hit 800,000, the worst performance in more than two decades. The Labor Department report Friday showed just how devastating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were on the labor market, prompting huge layoffs across a wide swath of the U.S. economy, with airlines and other travel-related industries particularly hard-hit.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
New York won the dubious honor of ranking last among the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in the battle to retain companies and jobs, while California ranked second-to-last in the five-year study by Dun & Bradstreet. The study found that 56,000 businesses moved across state lines between 1991 and 1995, with New York and California each suffering a net loss of more than 3,000 companies and more than 75,000 jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1994 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A multibillion-dollar infusion of government earthquake relief and private insurance funds will fuel a temporary employment surge in the Los Angeles area, but the construction boomlet will soon wither, giving way to a small long-term job loss, according to a report Wednesday to the state Seismic Safety Commission.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | Ronald D. White
Financial planners like to see smooth waters for clients in their 50s: saving lots in the best earning years of one's career, avoiding new debt, paying off the mortgage by retirement or soon thereafter. Instead, Christopher and Robyn Reagan of South Pasadena have weathered a storm of big events. "We had just gotten to a point where we could afford to live in this house," said Christopher Reagan about the couple's 73-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in South Pasadena, purchased in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For 90 minutes Monday, City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, accompanied by Los Angeles street officials and a scrum of TV cameras, informed Hollywood tour bus operators that they can no longer sell tickets from sidewalk kiosks. The mood seemed to be one of disbelief. "I never thought this day would come," said "Melrose" Larry Green, who sells tickets for Openbustours.com outside a T-shirt shop on Hollywood Boulevard. "We have to make a living and this will make it tougher. " O'Farrell's team handed out dozens of letters informing tour vendors that a city ordinance that took effect Sunday makes it illegal to sell tickets from the public right-of-way.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2013 | Tina Susman and Matt Pearce
Detroit on Thursday became the largest American city to declare bankruptcy, officially succumbing to job losses in the auto industry, decades of population flight, and the collapse of revenue to cover everything from policing to street lighting. "Let me be blunt: Detroit's broke," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said as he recited a litany of ills that helped steer the decision and that made Detroit -- once a gleaming example of American industry -- into an urban wreck with debts of $18 billion.
SPORTS
May 21, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Though he helped the Clippers to their best record in franchise history and back-to-back Western Conference playoff appearances, those weren't  enough for Vinny Del Negro to keep his job as coach of the team. Del Negro said that being let go Tuesday was “hard to take," but that he understood how the business of professional basketball works. He  said he was happy to help change the Clippers' culture. He also wanted to thank Clippers owner Donald Sterling, President Andy Roeser, Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks and director of basketball administration Eric Miller.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Raytheon Co., the Waltham, Mass., aerospace giant, announced that two of its four business units will have new headquarters locations. Raytheon's space and airborne systems unit headquarters will move from El Segundo to McKinney, Texas, where the company already has a major presence. El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter said the move would result in the loss of 170 jobs. Raytheon would not comment on the job loss numbers. “We hate to lose any jobs in El Segundo,” he said.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo and Michael Mello
TUCSON -- Jared Loughner's father described his son as “too smart for his own good” and said he “was just never the same” after he was kicked out of a community college and fired from a mall job, according to investigative records released Wednesday. Loughner, who pleaded guilty in August in the rampage that killed six and  injured 13,  was an “outcast” who didn't have anymore friends, according to his father, Randy Loughner, who was interviewed by authorities a few hours after the shooting.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2003 | Peter G. Gosselin, Times Staff Writer
U.S. payrolls unexpectedly plunged last month by 308,000 jobs, the most since the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The unemployment rate crept up to 5.8%. The job loss was so much greater than anybody had predicted that economists were left scrambling for an explanation.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
As if the lost income weren't enough, unemployment appears to increase the risk of heart attacks. According to a study published Monday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, people who were unemployed, had a history of unemployment, and even those who had short periods without work were all at a higher risk for heart attacks. Unemployment continues to be a major issue in the United States, with the national unemployment rate at 7.9%. And that leaves out many people who are underemployed or who have stopped looking for a job. Numerous studies have linked unemployment with health issues, most notably mental health.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2012 | Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - U.S. manufacturers have been a key source of job growth in the slow economic recovery. But the factory doors slammed shut last month to new hires, creating another barrier to bringing down the high unemployment rate. With the European recession helping reduce demand for U.S. exports, the pace of manufacturing job growth has slowed in recent months. The steam disappeared from the manufacturing sector in August amid increasing anxiety by factory owners about tax increases and large government spending cuts looming next year.
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