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June 21, 2008 | Marc Lifsher
DEBBIE SMITH Over 50, in a jam that's 'hopeless and desolate' Debbie Smith is a victim of California's real estate meltdown. In September, she lost her job as an office manager and marketing assistant for a chain of magazines that showcased available homes and acreage. Smith, 54, of Port Hueneme, hit all the online job sites hard but came up with nothing but responses from "bogus recruiters" seeking her personal information. Money got tight. Smith lost her home to foreclosure and moved into a rental with her son. After her unemployment benefits ran out, Smith began selling her belongings on the Internet and baby-sat her grandchildren for $20 a day. "To me, it's hopeless and desolate," she said.
October 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush will propose expanding a federal grant program for emergencies and using it to help laid-off workers, a senior White House official said. The proposal was among several that Bush was expected to present to congressional leaders today. Bush would more than double the $200-million-a-year grant program, aides said. The proposal comes as Democrats insist that any economic stimulus package contain help for workers who have lost jobs in the fallout from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
December 9, 2009 | By Tiffany Hsu
An estimated 117,000 Californians haven't received their unemployment checks -- some for more than a month -- because of what state officials blame on an archaic computer system. The people whose checks have been held up are among the neediest of the unemployed -- those who have been out of work so long that their benefits have expired. Under legislation signed by President Obama on Nov. 6, they were supposed to get unemployment checks for an additional 14 weeks or more. State Employment Development Department officials say they are doing everything they can to issue the checks, even postponing some staff furloughs to deal with the demand for services.
October 9, 2010 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
A sharp falloff in local-government payrolls, mostly at public schools, added an ominous new weight to the depressed labor market last month as the American economy lost 95,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained at 9.6%. In the last monthly employment report before the Nov. 2 midterm elections, which many see as a referendum on the economy, the Labor Department said Friday that private employers added just 64,000 jobs in September ? not nearly enough to offset the large cuts in public payrolls.
November 30, 2009 | By Kathy M. Kristof
Millions of unemployed Americans face the prospect of a huge increase in health insurance costs, thanks to the looming expiration of a government subsidy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in February, launched a temporary government program to subsidize the often crippling cost of buying health insurance through a former employer's plan after a layoff. However, the so-called COBRA subsidy was designed to last no more than nine months for each person who was unemployed.
October 12, 2010 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
A trio of economics scholars, including an MIT professor whose nomination to the Federal Reserve board has been held up in the Senate, won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for helping to explain such phenomena as high unemployment at a time when jobs are available. Peter A. Diamond of MIT; Dale T. Mortensen, a Northwestern University economics professor; and Christopher A. Pissarides, a British and Cypriot citizen and professor at the London School of Economics, will share the $1.5-million award.
July 8, 2011 | Reuters
U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the lowest number of workers in nine months, dampening hopes the economy was on the cusp of regaining momentum after stumbling in recent months. Nonfarm payrolls rose only 18,000, the weakest reading since September, the Labor Department said on Friday, well below economists' expectations for a 90,000 rise. Many economists raised their forecasts Thursday after a stronger-than-expected reading on U.S. private hiring from payrolls processor ADP, and they expected gains of anywhere between 125,000 and 175,000.
January 7, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Even though the labor market is improving, thousands of unemployed Californians are caught in a bind: Some employers only want to hire them if they already have a job. Some companies state that plainly in employment ads. Others are more discreet, screening out jobless workers during the initial application process. Discrimination? Perhaps. But so far it's legal. But it won't be if a bill introduced this week by Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) is approved by California lawmakers.
November 21, 2009 | By Alana Semuels
California employers added workers to their payrolls in October for the first time in more than a year, but the state's unemployment rate ticked higher as more job seekers entered the labor pool amid hopes that companies are finally hiring again. The state gained 25,700 jobs last month, marking the first time it has added workers since April 2008. Government, financial activities, education and health were among the sectors posting gains, probably with the help of the massive federal stimulus package, analysts say. But the jobless rate continued to inch up, as the positions added couldn't keep up with the expansion of the labor force.
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