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November 15, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Late payments, glitch-prone computers and swamped call centers aren't the only problems bedeviling California's unemployment insurance program. The insurance fund that pays state jobless benefits - run by the Employment Development Department - owes nearly $10 billion to the federal government. That's because the state has been paying far more in jobless benefits than it receives in employer-paid taxes, and the feds make up the difference. "The whole system is really whacked out right now and needs a fix," said Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills)
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.
November 4, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- The trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi opened Monday but swiftly went into recess because Morsi, confined in a defendant's cage, refused to wear a prison-issued jumpsuit as ordered by the judge, Egyptian state television reported. The former leader was flown from a secret location on Monday to a heavily fortified Cairo court complex, marking the start of his trial on charges of incitement to commit murder. Chants erupted inside the closed courtroom upon Morsi's arrival, and the judge threatened to halt the proceedings if order was not restored, the private CBC channel reported.
October 23, 2013 | By Shan Li
Spain pulled out of two years of recession in the third quarter, news that should give a boost to the efforts of its prime minister to repair the nation's economy though tax increases and spending cuts. The Bank of Spain said Wednesday that gross domestic product grew 0.1% in the third quarter, compared with a 1.2% drop in the same period a year ago. The news, while positive, has been viewed skeptically by some economists who point out the Spanish economy has slipped more than once into recession in the last five years.
October 11, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
UCLA Health encourages a little goofing off on company time. But inefficiency is the last thing on the agenda. At least three days a week, employees from 10 departments at UCLA Health facilities gather as the music gets cranked up for a 10-minute workout. It's called Bruin Break, an adaptation of the "instant recess" initiative developed to motivate "mouse potatoes" by the late Dr. Antronette Yancey, a UCLA public health professor. One recent morning, physical therapists, administrative staff, the lift team (as in lifting patients)
October 9, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A middle school in Port Washington, N.Y., has banned footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and lacrosse balls on its playgrounds. The students at Weber Middle School on Long Island also cannot roughhouse -- no jarring games of tag or cartwheels, unless supervised by a coach, reports the local CBS outlet. School officials said there'd been a rash of playground injuries. Nerf balls are OK. Woo-hoo. Those of us who grew up careening around without bike helmets, clambering over metal monkey bars with only concrete to break our falls and taking numerous dodgeballs to the kidneys may scoff.
October 4, 2013 | By Shan Li
Wealthy Californians have bounced back from the Great Recession, according to one report. About two-thirds of Californians with assets of $1 million or more actually feel better off now than before the 2008 financial crisis, a report from BMO Private Bank said. And roughly the same portion say they expect the economy to continue its recovery in the next year. "We are seeing increased confidence in the overall California economy, and the momentum is led by high-net worth individuals and families," said Ron Gong, managing director of CTC Consulting/Harris myCFO, a part of BMO Financial Group.
October 1, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Hours after their labor contract expired, thousands of Los Angeles County workers took to the streets of downtown Tuesday morning, rallying for higher wages and accusing county leaders of failing to recognize the sacrifices they made during the recession. Linda Dent, vice president of a union that represents 55,000 county employees, said the workers did without raises during the recession to help the county stay afloat. "We sacrificed for the last four years for L.A. County," Dent told the crowd of SEIU Local 721 members gathered in front of the Hall of Administration and spilling into Grand Park.
September 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The exodus of immigrants who were in the United States illegally and left the country during the recession has halted--and the tide may actually be turning, a new report says. An analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that the number of immigrants living illegally in the U.S.--mostly people who arrived without valid documents or overstayed their visas- - has held steady and may even have grown slightly beginning in 2009. Earlier Pew research found that the numbers plunged by nearly a million during the downturn.
September 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
For three years, Triana Williams has searched for a job. Between caring for her elderly grandmother and raising her young sister, the 24-year-old has filled out application after application at Ralphs, Rite Aid, Whole Foods, Ross, Payless and Starbucks. She calls to follow up, but they wave her off, Williams said. "They tell me I need experience to get the job," Williams said in her Venice apartment. "But you have to get a job to get experience. " Teenagers and young adults are still mired in dire levels of unemployment in Los Angeles County, years after the recession officially ended.
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