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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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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shook off the winter doldrums and added a healthy batch of new jobs last month, a reassuring sign that the labor market recovery remains on track. The gain of 192,000 jobs in March, reported Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicated that the hiring slowdown earlier in the winter was temporary and stemmed from the unusually cold weather across much of the country. All the jobs added last month came in the private sector, lifting total non-government payrolls to a new peak.
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.
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.
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
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
November 18, 2010
Washington is poised to stop providing extended unemployment benefits despite the huge number of laid-off workers, the paucity of job openings, the high rate of underemployment in every sector of the economy and stubbornly slow economic growth. That's because Republicans in the Senate insist that, unlike the hefty tax cuts they covet for the wealthy, the comparatively slender subsidies for the unemployed must not be financed with borrowed money. This penuriousness is not just hypocritical, it's bad economics.
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.
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Key senators struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans whose benefits have run out, though approval is not certain in the Republican-controlled House. The proposal for a five-month continuation of benefits faces a likely filibuster by tea party conservatives in the Senate, pushing votes until later this month after Congress returns from a weeklong recess. But with five Republican senators joining Democrats in Thursday's agreement, passage in the Senate is expected.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California's deficit-plagued unemployment insurance program missed out on more than half a billion dollars in federal money in recent years when state officials failed to take advantage of a new federal program. The California state auditor said Thursday that all the Employment Development Department needed to do was invest about $323,000 in computer software modifications to recoup $516 million in money overpaid to people getting jobless benefits between February 2011 and September 2014.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A Republican state senator has put on hold his request for a formal audit of the state's troubled unemployment insurance program. Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres said he took the action after meeting with representatives of the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown. "I have been assured that the EDD (Employment Development Department) has the resources to remedy the problems the people of California experienced in receiving unemployment insurance payments over the past year," Cannella said.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The economy added 175,000 net new jobs last month, a surprisingly robust figure given the bad winter weather, the Labor Department said Friday. Despite the increase -- the largest in three months -- the unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 6.7% after hitting a more than five-year low in January. The February job-creation figure was a significant improvement over the 129,000 net new jobs added in January, which was revised up from an initial estimate of 113,000.
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