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California Unemployment Rate Hits the Double Digits – 10.1%

26788DG~Mr-Unemployed-Posters.jpgLAT’s Marc Lifsher reports:

Reporting from Sacramento — More than 1 in 10 California workers were unemployed in January, the largest percentage in nearly 26 years, the state reported today.

The 10.1% jobless rate is the highest since June 1983 and not far below the 11% record set in November 1982 at the worst point of a severe recession, according to the governor’s office. Job losses escalated in January, with the state’s unemployment rate jumping by 1.4 percentage points from a revised 8.7% for December.

We asked our friend who works as a grip – his entire career is marked by being on set or on unemployment. It’s changed, according to him.

He wrote to FBLA:

It took over 2 hours of calling constantly on 2 separate phones, redialing one after another and memorizing the menu code…1,2,1,1,7 to get through. Prior to a year ago you could get through anytime of day by calling just a few times.

Yeah, looks like the Employment Development Department needs to hire more people. Blink.

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