California’s Unemployment Rate Declines

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 12.2 percent in September. It was 12.3 percent in August (they did revise the August number to 12.2 percent). There is some stability in this rate now, hopefully, it will start to go down soon.

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29 Responses to “California’s Unemployment Rate Declines”


  1. 1 Deb Snyder October 16, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Any decline in the unemployment rate is a good thing in my book. Because I am semi-job hunting (I am taking my time at finding a new job because I am also writing my Master’s thesis while I am unemployed), I watch most of the major job sites – Craigslist, Monster, Career Builders, and have noticed a definite upswing in professional job postings. Where last year at this time there might only be a few postings each day, now there are twenty five – thirty a day.

    I would be interested to know (and could probably do the research, I seem to have plenty of time these days) if these jobs are on the retail level and are in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. My daughter works at our local Target and said they have been hiring, hiring, hiring.

    Ever the optimist, I am, and let’s hope the trend extends well into the New Year.

  2. 2 selduhhh October 19, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Hearing the unemployment rate decline anywhere is always good to hear, but even better when its the rate in our own state.

    I think the season has helped a lot with the unemployment rate decreasing because there’s so much going on these last 3 months of the year. The 3 major holidays are Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, then the holiday for most of the retail stores there’s black friday. With all these holidays coming up, I’m sure the umemployment rate id decreasing, let’s just hope the rate keeps decreasing after the holidays.

  3. 3 Amanda Herrera October 19, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    How exciting this news is to hear. Hopefully this is a sign of a new beginning for our economy. I don’t know how much longer people can take this recession and all the hard troubles it has brought, unemployment being one of the major ones. My mom is a mortgage loan officer and it was slow for her for months but now she is working 10 hours days. She is beyond stressed but she is happy to finally have work. Rates must be good or at least better. This is another good sign of our economy hopefully beginning to change for the better.

  4. 4 Alanna Heaney October 19, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Im glad the unemployment rate is declining because i am employeed but i am looking for a new job. its great to hear because alot of people are out of jobs but this obviously means lots of people are getting jobs even though its just .1% drop. this means our economy is getting better and our country might be getting better. Obama is doing a great job being our president. it takes time and time heals all and pretty soon things will be getting better.

  5. 5 Amanda Chow October 20, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    I think that is a very good sign that California’s unemployment is lowering. Since the recession has hit our state pretty hard like most other states also I feel better now because there has been talk that California will be left behind after the recession. But if our employment starts to go up then that means more people will be active in the work force so then our economy will obviously do a lot better too.

  6. 6 Nubia Cazares October 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    The unemplyment rate decline is definitely a good thing. Who would have expected to see a decline at these times? I didn’t! But this shows us that there is still hope and a great time for change. It will definitely be a slow change but in the long run a very positive one. This motivates me and not only makes me have hope for the future but am also excited for what the future has in hold. Obama as the new president has made changes at least has served as an inspiration to many to never give up and hope for the best. We need to continue working hard and think positive of what lies ahead.

  7. 7 Melissa Alexander October 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Of course it is always great for our unemployment rate to drop…because that means less people on unemployment. I am a mother of 4 and a wife of a General Contractor and we went from 12 employee’s in 2007 down to 3 in 2009. The economy hit us like a ton of bricks. More jobs are flowing in and that is proof to me…that our economy is begining to get back into the swing of things. Slowly but surely…and it would be nice to see the unemployment rate go down even more in the next few months. I have noticed that the more people feel secure in our economy…the more willing they are to spend. And in our business that is ALWAYS a plus.

  8. 8 Larry Oppenheimer October 22, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    I take this as good news, but nothing to get excited about. First of all, it is noted that the August rate was revised downward to 12.2, meaning that the rate stayed the same in September, not decline. Again, this is good, but not big headline stuff.

    The other thing is that this is only one month’s change we’re talking about and, as several people have pointed out, it may be due to seasonal job hiring. I’ll say it one more time: this is all good, but it’s not an indication that things are turning around. It *might* be an indication that they are not getting worse at the rate they were before. I’ll wait to see what October’s figures are before I let myself start thinking this is meaningful.

  9. 9 Jonathan Walden October 22, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    What great news. Any fsort of decline in the unemployment rate is a good thing, especially for us living here in California. I know so many people that are still out of work and cannot find jobs. Hopefully the unemployment rate will continure to drop and our economy will begin to make a come back.

  10. 10 Rene Martinez October 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Yay! finally i was getting scared for a bit since all i’ve been hearing is how unemployment keeps going up. This is definitely a very good thing.

  11. 11 Jorge Clavijo October 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Our only hope is to be positive that when we graduate, we will find a job. However, in order for you to be 95% sure that you will receive a job when you graduate, you better be working hard in academics (3.0 GPA and UP), you better be thinking on expanding your views in different parts of the world (Study abroad), and finally you should find an internship every summer since your second year in College. On that way, you will probably have job when you graduate.

  12. 12 Alejandro Plascencia October 22, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    The fact that the unemployment rate is dropping is a sign that the exonomy is stabalizing. If the economy is stabalizing then more job opportunities will become available thus leading to the rate dropping. I’m glad to hear that California’s rate is decreasing because itmakes the futurefor a college freshmen look better even if its just a tenth of a percent drop.

  13. 13 Robert Rey, Econ 100 October 24, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    The first time I read that post I had to ask myself if this was really a big deal. At face value, it is just a 0.1 percent change. Then I remembered that this is based on various data regarding unemployment rates in California, one of the most populated states in the country. That 0.1 percent could represent thousands of people returning back into the work force or relying less on unemployment support services because conditions have improved. Whether the quality of the work they’re returning to is better or worse than before, though, that’s something else. Still, with the country in a recession and the California in an even worse financial situation, every little bit helps right now. With jobs comes money and businesses to help the state economy. Hopefully, the employment rate keeps going down, even in small improvements. We still need to work on that state budget for long term recovery, however.

  14. 14 Yolly T. October 25, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Its great to hear that the unemployment rate is declining. It shows and gives those who are looking for jobs some hope. Even if its a little decline, its better than nothing. And fingers-crossed it will continue to decrease and there will be more opportunity.

  15. 15 yvonne October 26, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Although it is nice to see that the unemployment rate is dropping, I would dare attribute this to the mass holiday hiring that retail stores undergo at this time of the year. The real test will be visible after a year long evaluation.

  16. 16 Mike Beretta November 4, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    We hear about the unemployment rate dropping and even the news people are surprised and wondering if it is true. It’s a small percentage and I wonder if they have taken into consideration different areas of California and how hard hit some places have been. I don’t think there will be the mass holiday hiring of the past, but that will contribute to some the employment rate rising. I definitely think it’s too soon to tell what will happen and certain employment opportunities may never come back.
    I don’t know if the government stimulus package has effected anything in California and it’s so expensive to live here — it places an added burden on the system.

  17. 17 Nicole Hernandez November 10, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    This is good news. There are so many people that are suffering from unemployment, and are trying everything to find a job. Many retailers have temp jobs available for the holidays, but hopefully some will become permanent.

  18. 18 Hyo Kim November 29, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    the declining of the unemployment rate is good, however
    it is still high level of unemployment.
    I wonder when would California finally turns to positive.

  19. 19 eldiel December 2, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    The decline in unemployment is always a good thing, but it’s still a very high percentage. Hopefully the trend will continue into 2010. Hopefully the more money people make in california will inspire them to fly to Hawaii and spend money… just a suggestion.

  20. 20 Christopher Morris December 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Well some people might look at this and say oh big whoop it’s only .1%. But when you really think about how big California is that’s thousands of jobs. Any progress is better than none and even if it only drops .1% per month it’s still good because that’s thousands ofjobs a month and that’s thousands of families with food on the table and money to send their kids to school.

  21. 21 Francine Zumbo December 5, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    This is great to hear but again the unemployment rate is not going to get better overnight. It is going to take a while to get better but we will see gradual signs of things getting better but it will take some time.

  22. 22 Kali Hardcastle December 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    its good to hear that the rate of unemployment is slowly becoming a smaller percentage. however, at the rate that its going seems to be a lot smaller than many people expect. our nation still needs to work towards changing things around here and really add a boost to the economy. i hope things can only improve from here.

  23. 23 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Great news to hear, great news to hear! I live in California and attend college. It gives me as a Calafornian a more positive way to look at my state because hopefully this rate will get lower and we can all be with jobs. May sound competitive but its for the better for us all.

  24. 24 Margaret Garbo December 6, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    However minuscule the decline, it is still an improvement. With California’s unemployment rate decreasing, it means that more people are able to find jobs. It is a good thing to hear that more people are able to find jobs for themselves and that gives people hope that more job opportunities can be found if only given the opportunity. Change is inevitable. Let us hope than in California and the United States’ sake, it will soon be for the better.

  25. 25 wallacej December 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    You can’t say that this isnt good because any decrease in the unemployment rate is good. Its an improvement and we just have to hope that this doesnt decrease. This recession has left many people without jobs and im hoping things improve from here but there is no telling what will happen.

  26. 26 Britany Linton December 8, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    A decline in the unemployment rate is always a good thing, but there are so many articles saying that the unemployment rate is rising and not looking better for California. I dont really know what to believe. I feel like the media is trying to make it look better than it really is and then the articles saying how high the unemployment rate is are the articles that are telling it like it is. Hopefully im wrong and things are looking up. But i find it hard to believe.

  27. 27 Stephen Cassinelli December 8, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    I wouldn’t get to excited yet. It has only dropped .1 but don’t get me wrong it is an improvement. I feel that with companies starting to accept more workers that this number will continue to go down. Hopefully this is not just a one time thing and we see continuous drops in the unemployment rate.

  28. 28 Jamie B December 8, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    well steve, im an optomist. i believe that this is a step in the right direction and that any kind of drop in unemployment rate is good for everyone

  29. 29 Taylor Smith December 12, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    This is good news, but the August rate was changed to 12.2 which means that it just stayed the same from August to September not a decline. Even with that fact it is a good step in the right direction, if it stops or at least slows from rising more. It will be great signs when the unemployment rate finally does start to decline.


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