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.
October 4, 2013 |
More than a week after the state's top labor official ordered the California Employment Development Department to pay out all backlogged unemployment claims, many Californians have yet to see their checks. The California EDD had been working overtime to clear a backlog of unemployment claims that were snared when the agency's 30-year-old computer systems were upgraded over Labor Day weekend. The snafu affected tens of thousands of claims, delaying payments by several weeks, causing many to fall behind on rent, car payments and other bills.
March 1, 2010 |
The payday loan industry has found a new and lucrative source of business: the unemployed. Payday lenders, which typically provide workers with cash advances on their paychecks, are offering the same service to those covered by unemployment insurance. No job? No problem. A typical unemployed Californian receiving $300 a week in benefits can walk into one of hundreds of storefront operations statewide and walk out with $255 well before that government check arrives -- for a $45 fee. Annualized, that's an interest rate of 459%.
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.
August 27, 2013 |
The happy news is that the American economy is producing more jobs and the unemployment rate is continuing to fall. The less happy news is that, in the words of economist Gary Burtless, this is happening "at a heartbreakingly slow pace. " In a blog for Brookings, Burtless reports that there were 162,000 new jobs in July. "Employment gains of between 75,000 and 80,000 a month are needed to keep the unemployment rate from rising," Burtless said. "So far this year the (Brookings) employer survey shows that payrolls have been rising about 190,000 a month, fast enough so that we should expect the unemployment rate to fall.
August 12, 2010 |
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.