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November 10, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
When potential employers ask Tracy Blakeley about her personal life, she assumes they're not making idle chit chat. They're trying to figure out how old she is. "They ask if I have kids or grandkids," Blakeley, 53, said. "They won't ask you your birth date, but they'll ask when you graduated from high school. " Blakeley has a rock-solid work ethic, good computer skills and an upbeat personality. What she doesn't have is a permanent job, despite trying her hardest to find one. It's a common story for people in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. Nearly 2 million people ages 55 and older are looking for a job these days, twice as many as before the Great Recession.
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BUSINESS
April 19, 2013 | By Shan Li
California's labor market picked up steam last month, according to figures released Friday, as the state's unemployment rate fell to 9.4% and employers added a net 25,500 jobs in March. The March rate was the lowest in California since Dec. 2008, when 9.2% of the state's labor force was out of work. Gains were mostly notched in the professional and business services sector and leisure and hospitality sector, according to data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. February's unemployment rate was 9.6%.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2010 | By Clement Tan, Los Angeles Times
Unemployment among Hispanics in the U.S. has soared since the recession hit because those workers are disproportionately employed in industries and regions hardest hit by the downturn, according to a congressional report released Wednesday. Hispanic workers were more likely to be employed in the construction sector, which was pounded during the housing collapse, particularly in states including California, Florida and Nevada, which experienced the largest declines in housing prices and biggest increases in foreclosures.
BUSINESS
May 8, 1989 | From Times wire services
Working women take about one more sick day per year than men, the National Center for Health Statistics reported in a new study today. Women averaged 5.5 lost work days per year, compared to 4.3 missed days for men, in the analysis covering 1983 through 1985. John Gary Collins, one of the authors, declined to speculate on reasons for the difference, saying "there could be many possibilities." He said that comparative figures for men and women, which the National Center for Health Statistics had not collected before, were included in its new study because women now make up such a large portion of the work force.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2012 | By Pat Benson
U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department said Friday, much fewer than expected. The unemployment rate was revised down, to 8.1% from 8.3% in July, but that's because people dropped out of the labor force. Join us for a live discussion about the state of unemployment and the economy later Friday. The Times will host a Google+ Hangout at 10:30 a.m. PDT with economy reporter Don Lee, markets reporter Andrew Tangel and Business deputy editor Joe Bel Bruno.
NEWS
January 11, 2009 | Ellen Simon, Simon writes for the Associated Press.
The unemployment rate for December, 7.2%, is the number every TV newscaster, economic blogger and talk radio host focused on Friday. That rate, the highest in 16 years, translates into 11.1 million Americans without jobs. But 7.2%% doesn't capture how many people are out of work. By another measure -- from the same employment report -- as much as 13.5% of the labor force is either unemployed or underemployed. The 7.2 figure everyone knows measures something very specific: the portion of people in the work force who wanted to work, looked for a job last month, but weren't working during the first week in December.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
In what can best be described as tepid, California's jobs report Friday showed the state added 29,100 net payroll jobs even as the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before. Figures from the state's Employment Development Department show that California's year-over-year payroll job growth slowed to 1.5%. Earlier this year, that rate was hovering around 2%. Economists say California has lost steam partly because of the ongoing recession in Europe, the economic slowdown in China and sluggishness in the retail sector.
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