California jobless rate 5th highest in U.S.

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27 Responses to “California jobless rate 5th highest in U.S.”


  1. 1 Matt Cardoza March 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    That is not a good feeling to realize that our state is the 5th highest jobless state in America. Yet, even if I did not know the other four states who are before California, I could make a wild guess that California has the most people living in any one of those states. That might have to do with the problem. Also, California does boarder Mexico in which illegal aliens come into the United States day in and out. California also does have the largest job gains. That is a plus.

  2. 2 Christopher Henderson (101) March 14, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    I agree with Matt. This isn’t exactly comforting to hear. Ok, so we have created ~32.5 thousand jobs but obviously it isn’t making a dent if we are have the 5th highest unemployment rate in the country. But yes, we do have a lot of people in our state so that could definitely be a contributing factor. But we also have the largest economy out of any state in the US and we are what, the 6th or 8th largest economy in the world? We are big, so it makes sense our troubles are bigger too. But this still isn’t good news. With us being the largest economy in the country, you’d think we would be able to creat more than just 32.5 thousand jobs. Guess we’ll see what the March figures hold.

  3. 3 Jennifer DaRosa March 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    I agree with the previous comments. Even though we have created somany jobs it still isn’t anywhere near enough.The fact the the population of CA is so big may be factor but that can’t be the only thing that has us as number 5 on the list. We will need many more jobs to make a dent in our unemploymet rate.

  4. 4 Ryan Haley March 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Unemployment is so high because of all the people in California. I mean we are the most populous state by far so even if the national average of unemployment is 8% the amount of unemployed people here would be higher than another state say like Michigan assuming both their unemployment rates are 8%. I want to know if the country is still experiencing an increase in population and what percent is immigration.

  5. 5 kathryn koller March 16, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    This is depressing “…California reported the largest job gains, of 32,500, though its unemployment rate also rose…” how does that work? California seems to be trying to recover but what else would there be to do in order to get out of the top five? p.s. i just glanced over the previous comments and i like what everyone had to say, their comments make a lot of sense. i forgot to consider the population being a factor..

  6. 6 Azusa Mori March 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I agree with those comments above. One of the reasons why California unemployment rate remains one of the highest is its enormous population. And also, large population creats financial gap between rich and poor and it is hard for people with financial problems to get a job. Even though Califrornia produced the largest number of new jobs, lots of people are still jobless, which means there are not enough jobs created for all people.

  7. 7 Lacey Olson March 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Larger population. Larger economy. Larger debts. It’s just like a family household. The more money that is made, the bigger the house, the nicer and more expensive the cars, and thus, more debt. It seems impossible for California to live within it’s means. One of the reasons we are running such a deficit and can’t create enough jobs. And it doesn’t help that people are working here illegally and sending the money back home, not putting the money back into our economy where it belongs.

  8. 8 mike March 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    California has one of the highest expectations in terms of salary, housing, cost of living, etc. There are also too many people. That was why many companies moved out of California and along with it went employment. Those people out of jobs are still recovering. We also have a large population of seasonal workers that invest some of their money in California, but most goes back home. This has been true for years and I don’t know how much effect that has had on salaried positions and the general economic crisis in the U.S.

  9. 9 Tyler Oga March 25, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I definitely agree with what Lacey said. We are simply a larger, more metropolitan state. I’m surprised that California isn’t even higher on the list. Obviously we wouldn’t be number one because of Michigan and the crash that the automobile industry has taken in the past year. But like Lacey said, we have more people, more competition, higher costs of living, the list goes on and on. There really is a lot that is stacked against us. I don’t see the unemployment going down any time soon because so many people are trying to earn credits at the overcrowded colleges, people not getting the classes they need to move up the educational ladder, tuition hikes, etc. Everything is getting much more competitive, while prices have skyrocketed; not a good combination.

  10. 10 Kaleen Scott March 26, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    I’m suprised California isn’t in the top 3 to be honest. The statistic of jobless people out there keeps getting higher and higher and people use the excuse that things won’t get better overnight. When will they get better?

  11. 11 Jesus Zavala April 4, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    I am surprised that even though jobs have been created, California is still in the top five states with the highest unemployment rates. But you have to consider that California has a higher population which needs more than 32,500 new jobs to lower the unemployment rate. Maybe in the next few months job creations will influence California’s unemployment rate to lower.

  12. 12 D. Colin Sorenson April 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    32.5 thousand jobs created in California would be a surmountable sum in any other state. It sounds like a lot but is very minuscule compared to our states total population. Not to be too much of a downer, this is a step in the right direction and maybe in the near future that number increases as we all would hope it does. As with most people who posted, I am too not surprised that we are in the bottom of the unemployment rates. I thought we would be even lower. Everyone is hurting in these times and if we are creating jobs then we are moving forward and we need to keep it that way.

  13. 13 Kelsea Jimenez April 7, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    State legislators need to pick up the pace and help California out. We have one of the biggest populations in the nation and was number one in job gains, yet we can’t seem to dig ourselves out of this high unemployment rate. Its just too bad that our state has such a huge population because if we didn’t then we would be doing better than most states. Sooner or later we will eventually slip out of this hard time and become one of the more stable states. Let’s just hope for the better.

  14. 14 Hannah Mac Dula April 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Although we are listed as having the most job gains, California also has one of the highest unemployment rates?! I mean, we do have a ton of people living in the state, so I can somewhat understand the cause of this. The statistics show that times must be tough on our communities. I’ve met many people at the social service center where I intern who are just glad for a helping hand. Many a time I hear someone say, “I’m just glad to be working.” It is such a shame that there are so many people out there who are willing to work but can’t find a job. It must be frustrating for them. This news is bittersweet.

  15. 15 Evan Schlinkert May 2, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    It is great that we have created so many jobs. But when we truly look at the facts the new jobs that we have created aren’t enough to make a big enough dent in the problem that we face. But it is not a surprise to me that California is the fifth highest in the United States, we have so many people in this state that more, and more jobs are needed every day. The future will only tell when we get out of this problem, and I hope the future is soon.

  16. 16 Ana Ahnen May 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I think the main reason for the high unemployment compared to other states is the high population in California. This is true because of the statistic that shows how much the unemployment rate has gone down. I think California does a decent job at making an effort to have as many jobs available as possible. It is such a big state that there are many opportunities for people to have jobs.

  17. 17 Hyo Kim May 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    I wonder why not California is the 1st place for the unemployment. With this enormous population including illegal immigrants, it is not surprising that California is reacing somewhat higher rank on this.
    However, there is still hope for this, Because I believe people are the money, eventually, They are the consumer, and they are the main factor of circulation the money output money in the economy, besides FEDS.

  18. 18 Jessica Opperman May 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Its good to hear that there are more jobs being created. But doesn’t seem to be effecting or helping our unemployment rate at all. California needs a lot more jobs because of our high population. Either there needs to be more jobs created and more hours being offered or there needs to be a new plan to lowering our unemployment rate.

  19. 19 Nicole Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Hopefully things will get better. Its a shame that California is way up there when it comes to jobless rates. It is unfortunate for all those how have lost their job and are struggling to find one. It is good though to hear that there was an increase in job gains, yet on the other hand unemployment rose.

  20. 20 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    California has one of the highest populations. Yes, it is unfortunate that california has one of the highest unemployment rates, but it also has one of the largest job gains. Hopefully the job situation in california will be under control within the years to come.

  21. 21 Floyd Aranzazu May 15, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    I’m surprised California isn’t the first. Despite a high u-rate, the state has even higher gains thanks to its high and wiling population. It could America’s future.

  22. 22 Matthew Jaber May 17, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    California is one of the largest states in the US. So there is naturally going to be a high amount of unemployment people because of the size of the population. It’s a tough state to be in right now while looking for a job.

  23. 23 Luke Napier May 17, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    These numbers are not surprise in the sense that unemployment is all around our nation. One thing that did surprise me though is that California is only ranked fifth. With such an overpopulated state with thousands of people being unaccounted for and with such a large budget deficit, I would think that we would be even more worse off. California is such a popular state this is why it may not be as bad off because it brings so many people, but at a certain point it is not beneficial. No matter where your from or where your going its going to be hard to get a job.

  24. 24 MunchiesMan May 17, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    I agree with a lot of what has been said and i do believe because we are a large state and our economy is huge our unemployment rate is naturally going to be higher. We also have a lot of immigration in California too and some of the immigrants work illegally taking jobs away from legal citizens who are the ones that these studies are based off of so its kind of skewed if you ask me. But this article still has one positive and that is that jobs are being created, and as long as jobs are being created we are boosting our economy.

  25. 25 Kyle Barraclough May 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Because California has a larger economy and a larger population it only makes sense it has a larger debt. It works the same way when things are going well, when you have more people, you make more money and everything is bigger and nicer. It doesn’t help people are working illegally and getting paid under the table and not paying taxes. This takes money out of our economy and they then send it back to their families in their home countries instead of back into the system where it belongs.

  26. 26 Nick Pasquale May 18, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    It doesnt sound good to hear that California has the 5th highest jobless rate in the US. Part of that is due to the fact that California has so many people, and there just arent enough jobs available.

  27. 27 Amber Davenport May 19, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    One thing that people need to take into account, is that California has such a large population, as opposed to smaller states that are not even half the size of California. Also, unlike other states, we have the ongoing threat of illegal immigration. With illegal immigrants taking jobs that legal citizens could take, its no wonder the unemployment rate is so high.


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