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April 17, 2009

California will be starved for college-educated workers to fill available jobs

Filed under: California,Education,FYI — 7macaw @ 10:55 am
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Even though the economy has taken a nose dive and job hunters are out in force, researchers say that by 2025 California will be starved for college-educated workers to fill available jobs.

In fact, the state will need about a million more college-educated workers than it’s expected to have – a shortage that will lead to a lower standard of living in California and more people needing social services, according to a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The report predicts that 41 percent of workers will need a college diploma (4 in 10 jobs will require one), but only 35 percent of working-age adults will have the necessary degree.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

March 24, 2009

Forecast: California unemployment will hit 12 percent

Filed under: California,US — DF @ 3:41 pm
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California’s unemployment rate will peak at just over 12 percent late this year, according to a forecast by the UoP. Currently, unemployment statewide stands at 10.5 percent.

Source: University of the Pacific,  Sac Bee

March 20, 2009

California economy worsens, unemployment at 10.5 percent

According to EDD, Reuters: ” California’s unemployment rate increased to 10.5 percent in February from 10.1 percent in January as the most populous state’s economy worsened, official data showed on Friday.

California’s February jobless rate far exceeded both the state’s 6.2 percent rate a year earlier and the national unemployment average for February of 8.1 percent, according to the report by the state’s Employment Development Department.”

March 17, 2009

SF Chronicle may survive as staff agree to benefit and 150 job cuts

The San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Corp’s US daily which was under threat of closure earlier this year, may survive after staff agreed to longer working hours with additional holiday and job cuts.

Members of the California Media Workers Guild voted 10-1 to approve concessions, including at least 150 job cuts and the removal of some benefits and rights.

In 2008 the 144-year old paper lost more than $50m and is expected to lose even more this year. It has been losing money since 2001.

Source: BrandRepublic

March 13, 2009

California Teachers to Rally as 26,000 Job Cuts Loom

California teachers are set to hold protests in more than a dozen cities today as about 26,000 may lose their jobs because of spending cuts the Legislature approved last month to keep the state from running out of money.

School districts across the most-populous U.S. state have been warning thousands of teachers that they may be fired as a result of California’s declining tax collections.

Not all teachers receiving notices will lose their jobs. Last year, about half were ultimately let go, according to the teachers union.

Source: Bloomberg

March 3, 2009

Rumor: Apple Layoffs Today?

According to Valleywag: “One tipster tells us there are “major layoffs” at Apple. Another writes that “all sales teams have mandatory meetings today” and that “HR booked conference rooms in Cupertino.” Is Apple cutting salespeople loose?”

~News submitted by Jack R.

February 28, 2009

California’s unemployment rate above 10 percent

According to Reuters: “California’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in January, its highest level in a quarter century, as recession tightened its grip on the most populous U.S. state.

Weakness in the housing and consumer sectors helped drive the jobless rate up from a revised 8.7 percent in December and 6.1 percent in January 2008 and to above the national average in January of 7.6 percent, state officials said on Friday.”

February 25, 2009

California had most mass layoffs in January

California shed more workers than any other state because of mass layoffs, with 54,150 losing their jobs last month. It was followed by New York at 31,890, Pennsylvania at 29,660 and Ohio at 27,970, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • A mass layoff is defined as a single action by a single employer that causes at least 50 workers to lose their jobs.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  San Francisco Business Times

February 18, 2009

Jobless phone calls cost California millions of dollars

Millions of failed calls to the state’s unemployment insurance call centers are costing California taxpayers millions of real dollars.

The Employment Development Department pays 5 cents to Verizon each time a caller dials its toll-free numbers to file or get help with an unemployment insurance claim and EDD staff can’t handle the call. The message urges callers to file their claims through the department’s Web site.

That message service has cost taxpayers $4.9 million since the beginning of 2008.

Source: Sacramento Bee

California state workers layoff process begins

With budget negotiations stalled, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will begin the process of laying off thousands of state workers. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Monday the administration will issue 20,000 notices to employees with the least seniority.

The governor had delayed releasing the notices Friday when it appeared lawmakers would pass a compromise plan to fill the state’s $42 billion shortfall. But a marathon weekend session has so far failed to produce the necessary votes.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

February 10, 2009

California may lay off 10,000 state workers

Filed under: California,US — 7macaw @ 10:16 pm
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration warned Tuesday that it is preparing to lay off 10,000 state employees if an agreement to close California’s yawning budget deficit isn’t reached by the end of the week.

Administration spokesman Aaron McLear said officials will send out layoff notices Friday absent a budget deal, with the goal of slashing roughly 10 percent of the 100,000 positions paid for by the state’s general operating fund. That would save an estimated $750 million through mid-2010; California faces a $40 billion budget gap over that period.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Update (2-18-2009): California state workers layoff process begins

February 2, 2009

States’ unemployment funds dwindling.

New York, “is running on empty when it comes to unemployment insurance. The state borrowed $120 million from the federal government to pay jobless benefits in 2008, and the fund was broke again on the first day of business this year. What’s more, the weekly benefits are completely inadequate given our high cost of living. Albany saw this problem coming and did nothing to solve it.”

“A spokesperson with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says $533 million dollars in the fund currently could be gone by the end of this year. Mae Worthey also says the department may have to tap into federal funds to make sure those who are unemployed get their benefits.”

In California, “According to the Employment Development Department, the state pays about $30 to $34 million a day in unemployment benefits. It will have to rely on a $2 billion federal loan to get through March.”

“With Missouri’s jobless rate at 7.3%, the fund that pays unemployment benefits will be broke in two weeks. The unemployment trust fund has about $37 million dollars in the bank and it pays out around $20 million dollars a week.”

“With South Carolina set to release its latest unemployment numbers, businesses and lawmakers are contemplating tax hikes as one way to fix a system that needs to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government so residents continue to get benefit checks.”

January 30, 2009

100 workers to be laid off at Caltech

Filed under: California,Education,University,US — 7macaw @ 1:38 pm
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Caltech announced Friday that it will lay off 100 employees due to economic concerns stemming from its endowment and alumni contributions. The university will also freeze hiring for some unfilled positions, though it will continue to hire faculty, albeit at a reduced rate.

  • Caltech, one of the top scientific research universities in the country, employs about 3,600 people

Source: Pasadena Star-News

January 29, 2009

Schwarzenegger warns of layoffs if furloughs fail.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning state employees he will start issuing layoff notices if a court doesn’t let him force workers to take two unpaid days off a month — an action the state’s public employee unions argue he doesn’t have the authority to take.

A judge was scheduled to hear arguments Thursday on a lawsuit filed by state employee unions over Schwarzenegger’s furlough plan, which he estimates will save the state $1.4 billion this fiscal year.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

January 23, 2009

California jobless rate hits 9.3%

According to Reuters, CNN Money: “California’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.3% in December from 8.4% in November and 5.9% a year earlier as job cuts swept across most industries, with recession tightening its grip on the most populous U.S. state, officials said Friday.

California’s December jobless rate marked a 14-year high for the state and was significantly higher than the month’s national average of 7.2%, underscoring a surge in job losses over the last three months of 2008″

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