California Unemployment Rate Hits 12.5 Percent

There is good news here, we didn’t lose jobs. Perhaps the worst is over!

California’s unemployment rate rose to 12.5 percent in October to set another modern record, even though more than 25,000 Californians found jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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40 Responses to “California Unemployment Rate Hits 12.5 Percent”


  1. 1 Yolly T. November 20, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    This is such an exciting news to hear. Especially when its holiday season. I’m glad that the unemployed rate is improving even if it is a little its better than nothing. And maybe if California is doing better and then the United States might be doing better as a whole. Which will lead to all those who export/import in other countries business to improve. This will also motive people and give them a little hope.

  2. 2 Genine Lobo November 20, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Although this is quite the jump from last year’s 8 percent, it is very comforting to hear that California has finally come to a modern record. Most importantly, it is very good news to hear the rate of unemployment is not increasing by a very significant amount. It is difficult to suggest what will happen to this percentage in the future, but we all hope that this rate soon decreases.

  3. 3 Jennifer Tarbell November 23, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    considering were goin into the holiday season job rates should be increasing even more and since in october it was up 8% then hopefully this year it’ll be up alot more come christmas time. we’ve hit rock bottom and now its time to start climbing back up.

  4. 4 Evan Schlinkert November 23, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Because the percentage jump didn’t go up as much as previous months we as Californians can have an optimistic look towards the future. And with the Holiday season coming it is good to hear that we are not losing Jobs like we were just a few months ago. Hopefully this will also give people hope, and with hope maybe we can bounce back and become an economic powerhouse that we as a country used to be. Overall, it is great that the percentage is as high as previous months, but it is still scary to think that it could jump higher.

  5. 5 D. Colin Sorenson November 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    As jobs have been created this month, I feel more optimism then pessimism about the economy. I think that once people start spending again that even more jobs will be created and thus help our economy even more. I hope this holiday season will be a good one.

  6. 6 Kaitlin Esser November 24, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    This is good news, but I hope to see it continue to improve! For one of the world’s largest economies to finally be showing some improvement is a good sign.

  7. 7 Alanna Heaney November 24, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    this is amazing news. california is proving that people can get jobs back. yes its a win lose situation cause people gained jobs but some people lost jobs. its just good to know we are making progress in the job situation in the economy. california is always a good leader!

  8. 8 Ciara Pedroncelli November 25, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    I do not know if this is a very positive thing. Yes, the unemployment rate did not increase by alot but it still increased which means the state and the country are still having issues. We are nearing the holiday season which means there should be more jobs for people but at the same time once the holiday season ends people will lose jobs because not as many people will be needed. It is scary to see how much it rose in one year and how high the percentage is in Imperial county. 30% is crazy! I guess we just have to keep hoping for the best. Improvement takes time and the state and country just need to be patient.

  9. 9 Hyo Kim November 28, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    although it is a good news, 12.5 unemployment rate is still high.
    I think governement should find more way to reduce this number.

  10. 10 Anna Hernandez November 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    although people are finding jobs, many of these positions go to over-qualified individuals who are being compensated less than they deserve but appropriate for their new position.

    it’s interesting how a state that financially does better than so many other states, is in an economic slump and a hiring freeze. this reminds me of the previous blog about how if california were it’s own country, it would be the 8th largest economy in the world. this is hard to believe considering the current situation.

    it’s not comforting to know that for the 60000 who were unemployed, only 25000 found jobs. that is less than half the number of those who were unemployed. as the months pass, it seems as if the unemployment rate increases. i believe that the EDD unemployment benefits have been extended for a longer period of time, some see this as good but i do not. there are individuals who are genuinely looking for jobs and are worthy of receiving their benefits; however, there are those who claim to be looking for jobs but they are not and are still receiving their benefit checks. for those who are not searching, this will only encourage them to stay at home even longer instead of looking for a job after they have exhausted their benefits.

  11. 11 Nubia Cazares November 29, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    This is great news but bad news as well. Although it is definitely an improvement, there are still many people without jobs. I think the governement should try to help by providing even more jobs. And I agree with the previous post there are many people who are very deserving of a job but can’t find one. More and more people are loosing their homes and falling under the poverty line.
    California is one of the richest states in the U.S. but is suffering fom unemployment just as much as other states which really shouldn’t be the case. It should be providing many jobs and I would expect the unemployment rate to be lower. I guess only time will tell what the unemployment rate will be.

  12. 12 Maria Rogan November 29, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    I am very happy to hear that the unemployment rate is improving. This means more people can get back on track because they now have their jobs back. Also, I am happy that this happened before the holiday season because now people will not have to stress as much about making enough money to support their family and give their family gifts on Christmas. The way I see it everybody wins in this situation.

  13. 13 Marie Moussa November 29, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    This rate shows great imoprovment, but I hope it doesn’t stop here. Aor employment rate should be much higher. We all know the holiday season can be tough with a job and money. Hopefully this rate will help bring families hope back together, and help get us out of this recession.

  14. 14 Jacqueline Guerrero November 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Hopefully with the holiday season coming up the unemployment will decrease a little. Hopefully all the holiday hirings and all the money being spent will help. However, after the holiday season the unemployment rate could be right back at 12.5%. We are just going to have to be patient and hope for the best in the future. As for the counties hit the hardest with unemployment, such as Imperial, hopefully they can bounce back.

  15. 15 Cole Norton December 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    This is good news for California, especially considering a month ago, the percentage of unemployment was much higher. Whether this shows the worst is over is hard to say, but nonetheless it is a good start. It is good news to hear after three months of having some of the highest unemployment rates ever. 12.5% unemployment is still very high though, and that number will take many more months to come down. However, at the rate at which people in California are seeming to get jobs back, it should not take as long as many people predict.

  16. 16 Britany Linton December 1, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    It is uplifting to hear this but we have to remember this number 12.5% is still very high. Hopefully the worst is over and more jobs will open up. However economics are unpredictable.

  17. 17 eldiel December 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Well it’s good to hear that the unemployment rate is slowly declining. Hopefully as more more and people find work, they will start spending again, and let this economy heal. At least the worst is over.

  18. 18 Matthew Abang December 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    I agree that most of the jobs people are finding are ones in which they are overqualified for. No auto executive is going to want to work at a construction site. People with a high-quality education should try to go into businesses of their own. They will be the ones who keep jobs growing. Let’s hope that California’s technology industry will also receive a boost. Many have come here to work for companies like Google and Apple. Keeping these industries strong will keep unemployment down.

  19. 19 Rene Martinez December 3, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    All i have to say is “Holy Moley.” I wanna say this is a good thing in the sense that, and i quote, “things need to get worse to get better,” well its certainly at its worst and im thinking it will turn around now. I hope…

  20. 20 Francine Zumbo December 5, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Yes its great the unemployment only went up alittle but the fact is it went up. 12.5% is really high and the government needs to find a way to bring this number down. With the holidays coming hopefully more jobs will open up but it is hard to know.

  21. 21 Justin Castro December 5, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Although the unemployment only went up slightly, 12.5% is still way too high and something needs to be done. Hopefully more jobs will open up in the near future being that it is the holiday season, but it is also a time where people need money the most

  22. 22 Samantha Fagundes December 6, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    I think more jobs need to be available because like everyone said 12.5% is still high. Something else needs to be done. Hopefully this unemployment rate continues to improve.

  23. 23 Vince Kaehler December 6, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    I believe that in order for jobs to be created, there needs to be some sort of incentive for businesses to hire more and to produce more product. How does this happen? people need to buy American products. There needs to be a trust in the american product and there needs to be quality in the product as well.

  24. 24 Jorge Clavijo December 6, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Although 25,000 Californians found jobs, the state Employment Development Department should keep working hard in order for us, who are two years away from graduation, could find the jobs we love to do.

  25. 25 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Its amazing to see how much of a difference California has improved from October to November. More jobs are being offered and people who didn’t have jobs are now gaining it. Is the worst possibly over? Hopefully. cannot wait for what the future has in stored for California. Its going to show improvement, Fast!

  26. 26 Lukas Bradvica December 6, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    I agree with Vince on this matter. In order to stimulate the economy consumers should buy more American products. Though foreign products tend to be cheaper the American products tend to be higher quality. American products tend to have other perks also. But by buying American products we can help create jobs.

  27. 27 Sarah Reddell December 6, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    This is good news for California and gives us hope for improvement in our economy. As i have mentioned before, my concern with these improving numbers is the quality of jobs people are occupying. Is our quality of life also improving? Although many people may not be struggling financially, what about the quality of life, possibly forced into working an unsatisfactory job. I believe there is a very long road ahead for us but we are heading in the right direction.

  28. 28 amos mccray-goldsmith December 6, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    its hard to hear that california is still struggling with the amount of jobless in our state. and the fact that it is going up is not happy either. also while the whole of the united states has a jobless rate around 10 percent its a little uneasy that california, whoes economy itself is one of the largest in the world also has one of the largest jobless rates.

  29. 29 Chris Griffiths December 7, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    While any increase in the unemployment rate should be meet with grief for those that lost their jobs, we can look at the silver lining of this article and say “hey, it may be bad still but at least its not getting as bad as quick as before.” At this rate the unemployment rate may actually begin to decline soon.

  30. 30 Josh Highness December 7, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    With California having one of the largest economies its surprising and at the same time a given that we would have such a high unemployment rate. On the other side of things however we’ll have a rebound just that much quicker as new jobs are found and the economy slowly mends itself.

  31. 31 Luke Napier December 7, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    It good to hear that some people are finding jobs in this tough economic time, but to hear that this many people are struggling to find a job in this state worries me. We are only of the most advanced economic states in the country and for 66,000 to still be struggling make me question what about the other states? States like Wyoming and North Dakota must be completely deprived of the idea of this regression will be coming to an end. It is the responsibility of all American citizens to realize the issues that we are facing and think of how they can fix them and not add to the issues. We need to stick together as a people and not solely think of ourselves although that is the easiest thing to do at times like these.

  32. 32 JoAnn Reynolds December 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    This is all they can give us. I think that it is good that they say there are less jobless people than last month or the month before but is it the fact that there are less jobless because they track it by how many are unemployment. And is that because they are accepting less applications or rejecting applicants for technicalities? I think the latter is probably the case. I don’t trust that there are less people without jobs I think that it is the systems way of trying to make us believe things are getting better.

  33. 33 wallacej December 8, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    12.5 % shows progress for California. This is great to see as I am a California resident. It is showing that many people are getting their jobs back but I still don’t find it that impressive as it could be better. Although improvement is always a good thing so im not complaining.

  34. 34 Alejandro Plascencia December 8, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    California might not have the best employment rate as of right now, but California does offer the most jobds out of any other state. I dont think we should worry about it because newjobs are created and the fact is that the economy is still down so we cant expect for our employment rate to sky rocket whethere we are California or not.

  35. 35 Stephen Cassinelli December 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Even though the percentage number has not raised from last months very much, i still the that this is not a good sign. The percentage of people still out of word seems to high and looks as if it should start to go down but is not, at least at the rate most people are looking for. I do think that things are getting better and all it is going to take for the number to shrink is time, with new jobs being added hopefully sooner than later.

  36. 36 Kyle Ray December 9, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    What does it mean that our unemployment rose but a bunch of people also found jobs? Anyone else lost here… does that mean that more than 25,000 moved into California that month? Jobs are always good though…

  37. 37 Tiffany December 10, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    It’s really saddening knowing what we do about the amount of people that are unemployed. Although the numbers have gone down it’s still depressing seeing those numbers. My brother has been out of work for 8 months, as an electrician and there is no work for him any time soon. So I see how it can affect someone firsthand. I just hope things get better soon.

  38. 38 Heinrick Devera December 11, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    It’s nice to see that California is improving after seeing the small increase in unemployment. I still think that the number is a little high. Hopefully in the future we can improve a little more so that there would be a decrease in the unemployment rate. I just find it hard to believe that over half of a million people are jobless just here in this state. To me that’s a really big number. It also means that people aren’t spending as much as they used to. I can see it happening around me all the time. People are more concerned on saving because of the unemployment. Some people might say that because of that, the unemployment rate keeps increasing.

  39. 39 Charles McNeil December 12, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    More good news! The more the merrier! 2010 is looking more and more like a light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t remember last time I heard of the US gaining jobs. Recently, even when it’s been good news it’s been that we didn’t lose that many, or we lost less than we were supposed to. So I guess a gain is great news! Let’s hope it continues!

  40. 40 Taylor Smith December 12, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    This is good news, that jobs are coming up. I hope that with the holiday season starting more jobs are available, at least the seasonal ones are better than none. Hopefully soon the unemployment rate will go down and more people in California will be able to find jobs.


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