The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California gained 24,200 jobs during the month. It’s the lowest rate in six years. The last time the unemployment rate fell below 7.4 percent was in July 2008.
Linda Heger of Novato knows the frustration well. Heger – who was laid off from her managerial job in October—says she’s been trying to reach the Employment Development Department (EDD) for months to find out why her unemployment claims aren’t being paid.
Unemployment checks started going in the mail starting Thursday for tens of thousands of Californians whose benefits have been delayed because of computer problems.
The state Employment Development Department plans to begin cutting staff to address declining funding from the federal unemployment insurance program.
Unemployment rates rose in July in the Bay Area and statewide, even as the national unemployment rate declined, state officials said Friday.
State officials say California’s jobless rate remained at 9.8 percent in December, the same rate as in November.
The state Employment Development Department reported the rate was 10.1 percent in October, down from 10.2 percent a month earlier.
California’s unemployment rate dipped in September to 10.2 percent, down from 10.6 percent the previous month, with the Bay Area helping lead the recovery.
California’s unemployment rate dipped by a tenth of a percentage point in April to 10.9 percent as a federal survey showed 20,000 new jobs were created.
California’s unemployment rate fell below 11 percent in January for the first time in nearly three years.