While unemployed job seekers in their 20s find if difficult to find work, those in their 50s are finding it nearly impossible. Research by the Federal Reserve in San Francisco finds that older workers, who are in the ranks of the long-term unemployed, have almost no chance of getting hired.
At 13 percent, Oakland’s unemployment rate is far above the state and national average but, a series of classes at Oakland and Berkeley’s public libraries is helping those looking for work tap into the hidden job market.
This is hardly a case of “the same old story.” Americans are living longer than ever before, and have to work longer, too. And it’s anything but easy for many of them.
A free educational platform that uses social gaming to teach job seekers the basics of how to use the Internet to land employment will soon be available at libraries in San Francisco and Santa Clara County.
By some estimates, the unemployment rate of returning National Guard men and women is 5 – 10% higher than the state average. In some units, half of all returning soldiers cannot find work.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo is expected to hire more people this year than last. Hundreds are expected to find work at an upcoming job fair.
Just in time for San Francisco’s Fleet Week celebrations, more than 250 members of the military attended the first ever job fair hosted by the nation’s largest nonprofit organization for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In his travels About the Bay, Mike Sugerman looks at the unemployed in the Bay Area on this Labor Day holiday.
The unemployment rate in California is climbing again, hitting 12 percent in July as the state added just 4,500 payroll jobs for the month.
California’s unemployment rate has slipped lower for the second month in a row as the state added nearly 100,000 jobs in February. But the employment situation is still worse than the national average.