The state’s Employment Development Department reported Friday that California’s jobless rate is at its lowest point since November 2008, nearly a year after the recession began.
An ex-Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer fired for escalating a confrontation with passengers that led to the slaying of an unarmed man has been charged with unemployment fraud.
California’s jobless rate decreased to 9.4 percent in March, continuing a steady decline as the state pulls itself out of recession.
Nevada’s rate, while tied with California and Mississippi for the highest among states at 9.6 percent, was down from 11.8 percent a year ago.
Post Foods announced last week that it has made a tentative decision to shut down its last plant in the Golden State, in the Central Valley town of Modesto. A final decision was expected in April.
Unemployment rates in parts of the Bay Area saw increases in January while the statewide rate went unchanged for the month, according to employment data released Friday.
Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.
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.
A new poll shows that most Californians are downright gloomy about the state’s economy and very few voters think the job market will improve this year.
Swords to Plowshares, the San Francisco-based organization that helps train veterans to find jobs, said Wal-Mart’s pledge to hire 100,000 vets over the next five years is a big deal.