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February 4, 1995 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. unemployment rate jumped unexpectedly to 5.7% in January from 5.4% in December, the government reported Friday, in a sign that the nation's economic boom may be slowing. The government's new employment figures dimmed hopes for those counting on continuing robust growth, but triggered a strong rally on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up 57.
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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%
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BUSINESS
April 4, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite tentative signs of recovery in some sectors of the economy, the nation's unemployment rate remained stuck in March at 7.3%, the highest level in almost seven years, the Labor Department reported Friday. In California, the rate fell from 8.7% in February to 8.5% last month as the number of jobless workers in the state dropped to 1,278,000, a decline of 39,000, and total employment edged up slightly to 13,785,000.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2009 | Alana Semuels
California's jobless rate reached a fresh post-World War II high in July, climbing to 11.9%, a sobering reminder that though the nation's deep downturn may be nearing its end, the state's employment woes are far from over. Golden State employers cut their payrolls by 35,800 jobs in July, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. That's a significant improvement over monthly losses that averaged 76,000 over the first half of the year. Still, July's numbers were worse than some analysts had expected, rising from 11.6% in June and led by declines in trade, construction and manufacturing.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1999 | DON LEE and NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Documenting a dark side to California's economic resurgence this decade, a new report argues that the state's technology-driven boom has brought increasing economic insecurity for most workers. The report, being released today by two liberal groups and with tacit support of key California legislators, details how California's economy has emerged in recent years as a preeminent force in the new information-technology economy.
BUSINESS
February 2, 1991 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California unemployment rate increased to 7% in January from a revised 6.8% level in December, state officials reported Friday, providing new evidence that the recession is eliminating jobs in the Golden State. A pattern of weakness continued to reduce jobs in manufacturing, construction and services, according to the report by the state Employment Development Department. California's jobless rate has not been this high since July, 1986.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1991 | OSWALD JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's economy began creating more jobs again last month, the government reported Friday, but the increase was relatively modest, showing that the recovery continues to be anemic. The Labor Department's monthly report showed that America's payrolls grew by 34,000 in August after a 43,000-job decline the previous month. At the same time, a large number of discouraged job-seekers stopped looking for work altogether. As a result, the overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.
NEWS
May 13, 2000 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California posted its biggest jobs gain in more than two years last month, pushing unemployment back down to 4.8% and reducing joblessness in the Latino work force to another record low. State officials reported Friday that California added 64,400 jobs in April. It was the latest demonstration of how the labor market here is catching up with tight-labor conditions in the rest of the country.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1994 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's brisk employment growth slowed last month, leaving the U.S. jobless rate unchanged at 6.1%, but unemployment in California edged down to 8.9% from 9.0% in July amid spreading signs of modest improvement in the state's long-depressed economy. Separately, government officials reported Friday that the closely watched national survey of employer payrolls rose by 179,000 in August.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1999 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time since the Vietnam War, unemployment in California has dropped below the 5% mark, state officials said Friday. Job growth proceeded robustly in the face of a tightening labor market and rising wage pressures as California's nonfarm employers added 33,300 net jobs in September--even as growth for the nation stalled. And Friday's report from the Employment Development Department showed fresh evidence that California's manufacturers are emerging from the Asian crisis.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California's moribund construction and real estate industries helped push the state unemployment rate to 6.8% in May, its highest level in nearly five years. The state Employment Development Department reported Friday that joblessness in May rose six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month and was a dramatic 1.5 percentage points higher than in May 2007. And the outlook is likely to get worse for California -- at least for the rest of the year, experts said.
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December 28, 2001 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An increase in state jobless benefits that was hailed as a safety net for Californians thrown out of work after Sept. 11 won't apply to hundreds of thousands of workers already drawing benefits or laid off in the wake of the attacks. The increase, the first in a decade, has been touted by Gov. Gray Davis and other politicians as a way to help workers hurt economically by the tragedy. But it applies only to new claims filed after Jan. 6.
NEWS
December 15, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's deepening economic slowdown led to the loss of 53,400 jobs last month, the steepest drop in nearly a decade, state officials reported Friday. Economists said it was the strongest evidence yet that California has followed the nation into recession. The jobs decline, which analysts attributed largely to the retrenchment in high-tech industries and a travel slump worsened by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, helped push up California's unemployment rate to 6%.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and LISA GIRION and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State employment offices and private-sector employment firms are being swamped by a surge of recently fired California workers seeking new jobs. The downbeat trend is apparent everywhere from crowded job fairs to the jammed phone lines at the state's call-in service for people seeking unemployment benefits. California's rise in layoffs was underscored Thursday by a government report showing that initial claims for unemployment benefits totaled 62,619 in the last week of October.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's economic slump was deepening even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted thousands of fresh layoffs, according to employment data released Friday. State officials reported that California's unemployment rate reached 5.4% in September, up from a revised 5.3% in August and the highest level in nearly 2 1/2 years. The latest figures, which focus almost exclusively on conditions before Sept. 11, also indicate that the state lost 17,400 jobs last month.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2001 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's unemployment rate dipped last month to 4.9% from 5.1% in June, but the improvement came because 31,000 workers dropped out of the labor force, not because of job growth. Government reports released Friday showed California's payrolls shrank by 7,100 jobs in July, almost wiping out the gains posted in June and prompting renewed speculation that the state may be sliding toward a recession. "This paints a picture of an economy that's flirting with recession," said Ross C.
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