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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1993
Beginning Oct. 1, anyone who receives unemployment for the first 26 weeks of a one-year claim will not be able to file for an extension. This is because of the fact that the federal government says that unemployment has fallen under 7% nationwide, even though California is well above that mark. For me, a first-time collector of this benefit after working eight years in the aerospace industry, and so far unable to find a job, I could possibly be put out onto the streets. Taxes go up, layoffs continue and the government says the economy is getting better.
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BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's employers added 11,800 jobs in March, a modest increase but one that nevertheless kept momentum going in the job market. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, held steady at 8.1% from the month-earlier revised figure, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "We are zig-zagging on a monthly basis. One month is strong and the next is weak," said Esmael Adibi, an economist at Chapman University. "But based on what we see at the national level, we will get much stronger growth" this year.
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OPINION
May 17, 2012
Re "Setbacks seen for autistic young adults," May 14 As the parent of a young man withAsperger's syndrome, the statistics on post-secondary employment for autistic students are not surprising. My son has a genius IQ and recently earned his bachelor's degree. He has submitted hundreds of resumes but can't land a menial job. Perhaps he is not assertive enough in an interview or has difficulty with eye contact, but this doesn't reflect his ability to troubleshoot a computer or his social networking skills.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Jessica Folsom, guest blogger
I can't make it through a day without hearing about the jobs crisis. I hear it from my father, because how could anyone majoring in international studies make it in this job market? I hear it from my accounting professor at UC San Diego, who shamelessly attempts to convert us all into accountants willing to work ridiculous hours for somewhat decent pay. And I hear it from the news, telling us it's among the worst unemployment crises we've had. But we've already done everything we can: Interest rates are near zero and the government has tried various stimulus programs as well as provided unemployment benefits for those who are desperately searching, only to find a dried-up job pool.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Jessica Folsom, guest blogger
I can't make it through a day without hearing about the jobs crisis. I hear it from my father, because how could anyone majoring in international studies make it in this job market? I hear it from my accounting professor at UC San Diego, who shamelessly attempts to convert us all into accountants willing to work ridiculous hours for somewhat decent pay. And I hear it from the news, telling us it's among the worst unemployment crises we've had. But we've already done everything we can: Interest rates are near zero and the government has tried various stimulus programs as well as provided unemployment benefits for those who are desperately searching, only to find a dried-up job pool.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2010 | By Ruth Mantell
Claims for unemployment-insurance benefits remain at a distressingly high level and could forecast trouble for the labor market's recovery, analysts said Thursday after the government released new data. The number of initial claims for regular state unemployment insurance benefits rose 2,000 to 484,000 in the week that ended Aug. 7, reaching the highest level since February, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a level of 463,000 for first-time claims.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2010 | By Alana Semuels
Unemployment in eight counties in California has topped 20%, according to figures released by the state Wednesday. Joblessness in California has hit a peak -- 12.5% in January -- the highest rates have been since the government began tracking unemployment numbers in 1976. Here are the eight counties in the state where unemployment is more than 20%. (Numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Colusa : 27.4% Imperial : 27.3% Merced: 21.7% Plumas : 22.3% San Benito: 21.1% Sutter: 21% Trinity: 25.8% Yuba: 20.4%
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1987
One does not have to be an expert economist to know, intuitively, that something is terribly wrong with the thesis presented by Martin and Kathleen Feldstein in their article (Editorial Pages, May 10), "Cut Unemployment Rate and You Risk Inflation." I wonder which corporate raider paid them to write this article. We all understand that high unemployment results in less power to labor, therefore lower wages and higher profits. But more importantly, what about the 6-to-7 million people, plus dependents, who are the real victims of this sort of defeatist thinking displayed by this happy couple?
BUSINESS
January 10, 2009 | Associated Press
Newly unemployed Americans would have to spend an average of about 30% of their jobless benefits to pay for health insurance through their former employer, according to a new report. And if they want coverage for their families, the report by Families USA says, it will take more than 80% of their unemployment check. U.S. unemployment hit a 16-year high last month as an additional 524,000 jobs were lost. For all of 2008, the government says the economy lost 2.6 million jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1992
Only one thing was lacking from your otherwise excellent recent coverage of California's high unemployment rate: discussion of a primary cause. For the past 25 years or so, but especially in the 1980s, California has been a destination country for hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year. In the '80s alone, California became home to more than 2.5 million immigrants and, if present trends continue, under current law somewhere between 3.1 to 4.2 million immigrants will settle here in the 1990s.
OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
How's this for irony: Having allowed federal unemployment benefits to run out in December, some lawmakers are balking at a bill to renew them retroactively because it might be hard to figure out who should receive them. Congress made this task far harder than it should have been, but the technical challenges aren't insurmountable. Lawmakers should restore the benefits now and leave them in place until the unemployment rate reaches a more reasonable level. Federal jobless benefits, which are provided only in times of high unemployment, kick in after people have exhausted their state benefits, which typically last for six months.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added a fairly solid number of new jobs in March as employers reverted to their average pace of hiring after the unusually harsh winter weather. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy created a net 192,000 new jobs last month, just about as many as in February and the average for all of last year. Economists had forecast job growth of about 200,000 for last month. The nation's jobless rate held steady at 6.7% in March, but the broader measure of unemployment and underemployment, including part-time workers who want full-time jobs, edged up to 12.7%.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency. Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs. The system still was robotically hanging up on 80% of frustrated callers as recently as mid-February. But in March, EDD phone staffers suddenly picked up the pace, responding to a Feb. 7 call for action from the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan agreement to restore unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2.2 million jobless Americans cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday but faces continued opposition from Republicans in the House, making final passage uncertain. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has called the Senate plan, which overcame a filibuster on a vote of 65-34, "unworkable. " A group of state benefits administrators has argued that their outdated computers will make it difficult to process jobless claims and prevent fraud under the Senate plan.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy added 58,800 net new jobs in February, gaining back some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% a month earlier, according to state employment data. The pickup in the job market was spread across nine industries, including financial activities, government, and leisure and hospitality. Educational and health services reported the biggest increase with 15,800 new positions.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The crisis in Crimea tops the agenda when Congress resumes next week, with lawmakers expected to consider measures to sanction Russia and expedite up to $1 billion in loans to the new government in Ukraine. Senators are set to vote Monday to advance a bipartisan package of sanctions and loans that has run into resistance with some Republicans. The measure is expected to clear the Senate's 60-vote hurdle to overcome a filibuster, despite objections from some GOP senators to provisions backed by the White House that would also expand loan authority at the International Monetary Fund.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans is poised to clear the Senate next week, but House Speaker John A. Boehner is raising new concerns that it could be costly for states to administer and could lead to fraud. Boehner's objections echo warnings from the National Assn. of State Workforce Agencies, which has repeatedly urged Congress not to attach cumbersome new eligibility requirements. States have "antiquated" computer systems that cannot quickly implement new rules, the group warned Wednesday, and may end up giving aid to those who are ineligible.
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