California’s Unemployment Rate Steady at 11.6 Percent

California’s unemployment was 11.6 percent in June. Another 66,500 jobs disappeared during June.

California’s unemployment was the sixth highest in the nation. Michigan’s was highest, at 15.2 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was actually unchanged from a month earlier. The rate for May was originally reported at 11.5 percent, but that was revised upward a tenth of a point. But the continued job loss showed the state remains firmly in the grip of a nasty recession. In the past year, some 766,300 jobs have been lost.

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10 Responses to “California’s Unemployment Rate Steady at 11.6 Percent”


  1. 1 Lauren Swartz July 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Many would agree that government intervention was neccessary as the economy careened downward in September of 2008. But might the intervention be the very thing which keeps the supposed recovery “jobless”. With the governement taking on an increased level of debt, could the US be “crowding out” smaller businesses and delaying the thaw of the credit market, thus spurring and maintaining the massive job losses it hoped to prevent?

  2. 2 James Dugger July 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    It would be nice to see some positive numbers, like job creation. At least it held steady, even though there were more job losses. I would anticipate some positive numbers come the Holiday season, at least with some temporary/seasonal jobs starting up in the Fall.

    Once the numbers reverse, that would be a good sign – especially consecutive months. I think the stock market going up this past week is more hope than reality based. Only time will tell though, so we’ll see.

  3. 3 Dave Crider July 18, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    We will probably see some more increases in unemployment in the coming months as our lawmakers finish this budget they have been working on. At that point we should see the full extent of all the cuts they have done with more loses in the the job market. I would imagine that hardest to get hit will be state workers and education.

  4. 4 Stacey July 18, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    With the recession and the high unemployment things are not looking to good for people. It would nice to have a plan that gives people more job such as the bridge construction. There was one many of years ago for this same type of problem. With an other reconstuction this could employ people that need jobs and help our economy go up again.

  5. 5 Amanda Smith July 21, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    This is a perfect example of looking at the glass half full instead of half empty. Even though California’s unemployment rate is 6th highest in the nation with 11.6 percent, it is a very good thing that is has stayed steady over a month. If nothing else, it is much better than it continuing to rise. Hopefully we have reached the peak of this recession, and the unemployment rate will start to sink.

  6. 6 Sanamjit Bains July 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    This unemployment is likely to go up due to the increasing budget cuts and dis-functional state government, which makes the state less business friendly due to a declining quality of infrastructure. Higher unemployment will me caused due to government layoffs and a reduction in over all private sector industries such as banking, manufacturing and services (tourism, retail, etc.)

  7. 7 Kit t Kat July 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    7/24 Unfortuntly 66,500 jobs were lost in June that means more people will likely apply for unemployment benefits. The government is already having financial troubles. With such high lost in jobs some people will be tempted to move out of California to cheaper areas just to maintain. This nasty recession will end hopelfully soon and this years lost will not be as bad a last years of. 766,300.

  8. 8 Kendall July 26, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    I agree with you Lauren that perhaps the government crowding out small businesses from either hiring more workers or just simply encouraging people to start new businesses, may be a reason for a continual loss of jobs and just a stagnate situation. California is becoming a very difficult state to do business in with the large taxes and infinite hoops to jump through just to stay afloat. It remains to be seen what will be the best solution to CA dilemma.

  9. 9 Sara Tirado August 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    If there is no new money to pay salaries and wages for these new jobs that need to be created, how can there be new jobs? Maybe some of these companie overseas should think about moving back to the US.

  10. 10 Jessica Schimke August 6, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    6th highest unemployment in the country is pretty rough. This might be a good time for some people to start thinking about relocating if they are having troubles finding a job. There’s a lot of great places to live in America. I wouldn’t suggest Michigan.


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