California’s Unemployment Rate at 10.1%

California’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1% in January, its highest level in a quarter century, as recession tightened its grip on the most populous U.S. state.


22 Responses to “California’s Unemployment Rate at 10.1%”

  1. 1 Hannibal March 1, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    I just remember growing up thinking how lucky I was that my parents decided to start a life in California. Most people think of California as a sunny and fun place to be, but on top of that there are so many job opportunities. At least there were, especially in big cities like S.F. The fact that the unemployment rate is so high in CA is a huge eye-opener and reminds us that you can’t always expect the future is set, change is always around the corner.

  2. 2 Andrew Curry March 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    i am among the unemployed in california, although have not filed for unemployment. i was planing on going back to work this month for a resturant taht i was working at in the fall but the it caught fire. so now i am unemployed for another 2 months! i dont know what to do now. california really needs to do something about their jobs

  3. 3 NVC Storm March 2, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    I can’t believe the California unemployment rate has rose to 10.1%. That is a very big number, that is saying 1 person out of a group of 10 is unemployed in California. This used to be the sunshine state with all the job opportunities. We used to be the place to come to, if looking for a new job. I am very fortunate that my parents have very safe and well paying jobs. Because a lot of people have lost jobs because of the economy disaster. Obama needs to step his game up and get our economy back to normal so the unemployment rate slowly falls.

  4. 4 Khaled Aboudamous March 2, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    I was born and raised in California, the state of gold. That’s what it is, is valuable. The citizens, locations, move of it all is golden. For the unemployment rate to reach 10.1% and continue to dwindle is saddening. All my life I have always felt tremendous gratitude and gratefulness for being able to say I am a Californian, it was almost like a privilege to do so. Now, look at us, friends and family losing jobs, crime rate on the rise, and long term employees being laid off. The old economy needs to find its previous destination and remain positive for all citizens of California.

  5. 5 quique March 3, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    I believe that our government has to do something to motivate small businesses as well as large companies to hire more employees. Luckily I am not among the unemployed at the moment but that is only because of a family owned business. I have a lot of friends that are unemployed at the moment. I believe that if the government gave incentives for people to start hiring we would see a decrease in our unemployment rate.

  6. 6 alan March 3, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    in today’s economy you have to be happy to just have a job. regardless what it maybe. people are getting let go left and right. Its always better to be able to work for yourself especially in hard times. Take care of your business and your clients and they take care of you. In times like now cant stress that more.

  7. 7 Tanisha Econ101/Tues March 3, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    That’s crazy! What are we going to do? How do we fix the situation? My advice to the unemployed is to try and find a job through a Temp Agency. At least there is a chance of “temp to hire.” That sounds like your best bet at the moment since employers are laying off employees or just not hiring at all. Or, you could sit at home and collect unemployment. Catch up on family time and T.V… But where is the fun in that!

  8. 8 Charlie March 3, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    10.1% unemployment is a bad thing. However if the past has any bearing on the future, we are just a few months away from then end of this recession. I would like to see some form of incentives for businesses to start hiring again, but incentives will only do so much if businesses are unable to pay more employees.

  9. 9 Rachel Sturm March 3, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    The high unemployment will only get worse if we cannot regain confidence in the American economy. As people save more and spend less, jobs are being destroyed. This pattern of unemployment will continually get worse until our economy gets the boost it needs to regain consumer confidence in the banking systems. An of course that will not happen soon because as the unemployment rate rises, so will the rate in which people save. the higher the unemployment, the more people save, and the more people save, the more jobs that get destroyed. It seems almost neverending….

  10. 10 NVC March 4, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    It is hard to believe that Californias unemployment rate is up to ten percent. California is supposed to be the golden state, where opportunities are endless. That is clearly not the case. The government should do something to guide businesses in the right direction.

  11. 11 Nancy Moussa March 4, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    I think that it is terrible that california’s unemployment rate has reached 10.1%. I have been working at the same place for about a year now, and my hours have been slowely being cutt back. Now I am hardly working once a week, and will most likely have to join the number of unemployed people. I think that California needs to do something about this rate, because most of the unemployed are losing hope, and becoming less motivated to succeed in life.

  12. 12 Ricardo Olmos March 5, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Californias unemployent rate has been significantly increasing for the past few months. By laying of lontg term workers companies think they save money on distributing wages. I think it just causes a “domino effect” becasue productivity in the work place will slow down only to set back our economy. This state is more expensive than other that is why the job market here is so competitive. For that reason everyone wants to work and live here becasue there is plenty of oppertunities for them to find jobs in any field. Wen need to encourage spending to help our states economy. Job security is important to californian therefore it is up to maintain productivity in the workforce instead of cutting it back.

  13. 13 dionicio arechiga March 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Unemployment sucks I was unemployed for a month and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Luckily I am now employed but I think that the government needs to do something or things might take a bad turn for example people may start to steal because they can’t afford to buy what they need.

  14. 14 B's March 10, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Although I do not have a job while I’m in school, I see the effects of the job losses and budget cut backs to those around me. I have several friends who have lost jobs within the last couple of months and they are finding out first hand how difficult it is to find a new job. Also my mom has been with the same company for about 20 years and because of all the budget cuts they are forcing her to take days off in order to cut back on their spending. So even though she hasn’t lost her job, she still sees the effect of this entire budget deficit. This is affecting the way that people live their lives and makes families unsure about their job security no matter how long they have been with the company.

  15. 15 woltmon March 16, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    I agree with B’s, although i do not have a job i can see the effects of job losses and budget cuts effecting the people i know. It is really sad to see all of these hard working Americans loosing everythign they worked for so fast. Its too bad the economy hasnt improved.

  16. 16 BeuWolf March 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Thankfully that 10.1% isn’t quiet depression levels. This economic situation was something that could have been avoided, if things were handled a bit differently. But thats a real bummer that those of you, family and friends that have lost their jobs. My dad has been in and out of electronic jobs for the past 7yrs, I know the feelin B

  17. 17 Gaby Corona March 19, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    The unemployment rate just keeps increasing, it just reached 10.1% Big companies keep laying people off, they cannot afford to have all the employes they need. This should change soon, we cannot afford to have the unemployment rate going up any more. California has always been known for having so many opportunities, and they are all going away without jobs.

  18. 18 O'King Kole March 19, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Its crazy on how fast the unemployment rises so fast in a short period of time. Hopefully the number will go down soon rather than up.

  19. 19 Ally S. March 31, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Although this comment is a little after the fact, it isn’t unbelievable to me that the unemployment rate was, at one point, 10.1% in California. Especially in these past few months, more and more friends and family members have filed for unemployment. Most recently my sister had called, complaining that she had lost her job. She was a part-time associate at a popular clothing store in downtown San Francisco, and although she had been with the company for almost 6 months, the company was forced to “downsize” which, in turn resulted in the lay off of nearly half of its employees. Despite being one of the most substantial states in the United States, California is greatly experiencing the effects of this recession.

  20. 20 Leonardo Sanchez ECON 101 April 29, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Yes unemployemnt maybe in the rise but Califonria has the

    ability to tranform its self back to its sunny day roots and

    leave its cloudy days behind. Yett this is only by theory we all

    need to take action to fix this poblem by being activist and

    being heard so they can stop firing people and atleast keeping

    the people they already have.

  21. 21 Courtney G. May 14, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    This is a very high unemployment rate. People are not able to put food on their families table right now. Some people are really hurting.

    Something needs to happen to fix this because it will continue to go downhill. California is a very big state and has the power to repair itself.

    I hope someone fixes something real soon.

  22. 22 Britany Linton May 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    I am really not surprised by this at all due to the fact that we have the most problems in the entire United States. I almost feel as if we are the cause for most of the problems happening. It’s sad that unemployment is that high and we are struggling to find money but I am not shocked. It just shows how not everything is as it seems.

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