California Real Unemployment Reaches 21.8%

Monday, August 8, 2011

The latest employment numbers show a bleak picture for the jobs in California.

New numbers from the US Department of Labor report the Golden State, has the second highest unemployment in the U.S. — only Nevada is worse off.

In the second quarter of 2011, unemployment in California was officially at 12 percent.

However, if you add in the people who need a job but were too discouraged to look for the past month, the rate rises to 13.9 percent. Then, if you add in the people working part-time but wish they had a full time job, the “real” rate is 21.8 percent.

No wonder President Barack Obama is about as popular here as a case of H1N1 flu.

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3 Responses to California Real Unemployment Reaches 21.8%

  1. Robyn says:

    I’m not surprised. Where I live the rate is likely higher.

  2. Harry says:

    Unemployment is so pervasive in California that people collecting UI are no longer embarrassed to admit it. Everyone know somebody out of work.

  3. Jim says:

    I’m employed in California but the “vibe” here is definitely grim and I don’t wish to stay. I hope things improve because I love California, but I no longer want to live here.

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