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  • uiappealhotline 1:34 am on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Local Area Unemployment Statistics

     

    Series Id:              LASST06000003Seasonally AdjustedArea:                   CaliforniaArea Type:              StatewideState/Region/Division:  California

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    Year Period labor force employment unemployment unemployment rate
    2001 Jan 17064935 16259369 805566 4.7
    2001 Feb 17098323 16282609 815714 4.8
    2001 Mar 17112290 16282230 830060 4.9
    2001 Apr 17106936 16260518 846418 4.9
    2001 May 17091933 16225982 865951 5.1
    2001 Jun 17079133 16188996 890137 5.2
    2001 Jul 17079991 16159350 920641 5.4
    2001 Aug 17095502 16137458 958044 5.6
    2001 Sep 17123897 16124758 999139 5.8
    2001 Oct 17160184 16120839 1039345 6.1
    2001 Nov 17196995 16122667 1074328 6.2
    2001 Dec 17229217 16127240 1101977 6.4
    2002 Jan 17254267 16131779 1122488 6.5
    2002 Feb 17268275 16131808 1136467 6.6
    2002 Mar 17268276 16121777 1146499 6.6
    2002 Apr 17256523 16103201 1153322 6.7
    2002 May 17238799 16081190 1157609 6.7
    2002 Jun 17223607 16065143 1158464 6.7
    2002 Jul 17218410 16060411 1157999 6.7
    2002 Aug 17225377 16066519 1158858 6.7
    2002 Sep 17244071 16081116 1162955 6.7
    2002 Oct 17266542 16096536 1170006 6.8
    2002 Nov 17288100 16110834 1177266 6.8
    2002 Dec 17304130 16122076 1182054 6.8
    2003 Jan 17315792 16130492 1185300 6.8
    2003 Feb 17323528 16135644 1187884 6.9
    2003 Mar 17324032 16132504 1191528 6.9
    2003 Apr 17312041 16115720 1196321 6.9
    2003 May 17287722 16086034 1201688 7.0
    2003 Jun 17260926 16055591 1205335 7.0
    2003 Jul 17241998 16038009 1203989 7.0
    2003 Aug 17237301 16040636 1196665 6.9
    2003 Sep 17248865 16065345 1183520 6.9
    2003 Oct 17273399 16105384 1168015 6.8
    2003 Nov 17303871 16150178 1153693 6.7
    2003 Dec 17330901 16188538 1142363 6.6
    2004 Jan 17348252 16213823 1134429 6.5
    2004 Feb 17354669 16225582 1129087 6.5
    2004 Mar 17354156 16228394 1125762 6.5
    2004 Apr 17348588 16227454 1121134 6.5
    2004 May 17340789 16228312 1112477 6.4
    2004 Jun 17336224 16237712 1098512 6.3
    2004 Jul 17341618 16259878 1081740 6.2
    2004 Aug 17358575 16293254 1065321 6.1
    2004 Sep 17384216 16332639 1051577 6.0
    2004 Oct 17411726 16370818 1040908 6.0
    2004 Nov 17435099 16404295 1030804 5.9
    2004 Dec 17453567 16432990 1020577 5.8
    2005 Jan 17467741 16459050 1008691 5.8
    2005 Feb 17478629 16483881 994748 5.7
    2005 Mar 17486953 16507241 979712 5.6
    2005 Apr 17495465 16529698 965767 5.5
    2005 May 17506691 16552653 954038 5.4
    2005 Jun 17522025 16576721 945304 5.4
    2005 Jul 17543034 16602429 940605 5.4
    2005 Aug 17568333 16630031 938302 5.3
    2005 Sep 17594733 16658741 935992 5.3
    2005 Oct 17616387 16686389 929998 5.3
    2005 Nov 17630197 16710754 919443 5.2
    2005 Dec 17635330 16729894 905436 5.1
    2006 Jan 17607060(B) 16719361(B) 887699(B) 5.0(B)
    2006 Feb 17609316(B) 16734299(B) 875017(B) 5.0(B)
    2006 Mar 17614991(B) 16746591(B) 868400(B) 4.9(B)
    2006 Apr 17622567(B) 16754007(B) 868560(B) 4.9(B)
    2006 May 17630412(B) 16758874(B) 871538(B) 4.9(B)
    2006 Jun 17639900(B) 16767236(B) 872664(B) 4.9(B)
    2006 Jul 17656698(B) 16787638(B) 869060(B) 4.9(B)
    2006 Aug 17685904(B) 16823086(B) 862818(B) 4.9(B)
    2006 Sep 17727967(B) 16869723(B) 858244(B) 4.8(B)
    2006 Oct 17776543(B) 16919664(B) 856879(B) 4.8(B)
    2006 Nov 17822414(B) 16962684(B) 859730(B) 4.8(B)
    2006 Dec 17856306(B) 16990145(B) 866161(B) 4.9(B)
    2007 Jan 17874097(B) 16999177(B) 874920(B) 4.9(B)
    2007 Feb 17879382(B) 16994294(B) 885088(B) 5.0(B)
    2007 Mar 17875802(B) 16979943(B) 895859(B) 5.0(B)
    2007 Apr 17870836(B) 16962380(B) 908456(B) 5.1(B)
    2007 May 17869805(B) 16945376(B) 924429(B) 5.2(B)
    2007 Jun 17877004(B) 16934655(B) 942349(B) 5.3(B)
    2007 Jul 17895096(B) 16934211(B) 960885(B) 5.4(B)
    2007 Aug 17925032(B) 16944839(B) 980193(B) 5.5(B)
    2007 Sep 17963888(B) 16965042(B) 998846(B) 5.6(B)
    2007 Oct 18004960(B) 16987589(B) 1017371(B) 5.7(B)
    2007 Nov 18040287(B) 17006407(B) 1033880(B) 5.7(B)
    2007 Dec 18067411(B) 17018904(B) 1048507(B) 5.8(B)
    2008 Jan 18087203(B) 17023322(B) 1063881(B) 5.9(B)
    2008 Feb 18103355(B) 17019868(B) 1083487(B) 6.0(B)
    2008 Mar 18119632(B) 17007397(B) 1112235(B) 6.1(B)
    2008 Apr 18138572(B) 16985444(B) 1153128(B) 6.4(B)
    2008 May 18160098(B) 16954683(B) 1205415(B) 6.6(B)
    2008 Jun 18184134(B) 16920841(B) 1263293(B) 6.9(B)
    2008 Jul 18207818(B) 16887607(B) 1320211(B) 7.3(B)
    2008 Aug 18229322(B) 16855280(B) 1374042(B) 7.5(B)
    2008 Sep 18249419(B) 16818737(B) 1430682(B) 7.8(B)
    2008 Oct 18268117(B) 16769288(B) 1498829(B) 8.2(B)
    2008 Nov 18282138(B) 16701979(B) 1580159(B) 8.6(B)
    2008 Dec 18289584(B) 16617660(B) 1671924(B) 9.1(B)
    2009 Jan 18289719(B) 16524413(B) 1765306(B) 9.7(B)
    2009 Feb 18285118(B) 16432137(B) 1852981(B) 10.1(B)
    2009 Mar 18276636(B) 16347558(B) 1929078(B) 10.6(B)
    2009 Apr 18264205(B) 16272519(B) 1991686(B) 10.9(B)
    2009 May 18246234(B) 16201665(B) 2044569(B) 11.2(B)
    2009 Jun 18224228(B) 16134515(B) 2089713(B) 11.5(B)
    2009 Jul 18198678(B) 16071960(B) 2126718(B) 11.7(B)
    2009 Aug 18171005(B) 16016808(B) 2154197(B) 11.9(B)
    2009 Sep 18146637(B) 15973597(B) 2173040(B) 12.0(B)
    2009 Oct 18131304(B) 15943343(B) 2187961(B) 12.1(B)
    2009 Nov 18131271(B) 15927437(B) 2203834(B) 12.2(B)
    2009 Dec 18148896(B) 15925699(B) 2223197(B) 12.2(B)
    2010 Jan 18177493(B) 15937026(B) 2240467(B) 12.3(B)
    2010 Feb 18204387(B) 15953351(B) 2251036(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 Mar 18217386(B) 15962815(B) 2254571(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 Apr 18213712(B) 15960004(B) 2253708(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 May 18196017(B) 15945103(B) 2250914(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 Jun 18172933(B) 15923431(B) 2249502(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 Jul 18153683(B) 15901275(B) 2252408(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 Aug 18145939(B) 15887775(B) 2258164(B) 12.4(B)
    2010 Sep 18145754(B) 15882094(B) 2263660(B) 12.5(B)
    2010 Oct 18147297(B) 15880021(B) 2267276(B) 12.5(B)
    2010 Nov 18147813(B) 15877776(B) 2270037(B) 12.5(B)
    2010 Dec 18150832(B) 15878285(B) 2272547(B) 12.5(B)
    2011 Jan 18150676 15904603 2246073 12.4
    2011 Feb 18116716 15916202 2200514 12.1
    2011 Mar 18078299 15902305 2175994 12.0
    2011 Apr 18080009 15938786 2141223 11.8
    2011 May 18063056 15947351 2115705 11.7
    2011 Jun 18043707(P) 15910090(P) 2133617(P) 11.8(P)
    B : Reflects revised population controls, model reestimation, and new seasonal adjustment.
    P : Preliminary.
     
  • uiappealhotline 2:04 am on August 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Unemployment Hotline California 


    Unemployment Appeal Hotline California

    1-888-657-6886

    Unemployment Insurance:  Telephone Listings

    The telephone numbers listed here can be called for unemployment insurance services. Please notice there are separate telephone numbers for English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese languages. Separate telephone numbers are also available for those who call using a teletypewriter, and also from outside California.

    If you are calling to file a claim, you must call by Friday to receive credit for the week. Business hours (all times are Pacific Time) for calling the listed telephone numbers are:

    • Unemployment insurance claim filing (All claims are filed with a Department representative):
      Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • General unemployment insurance benefit information (Recording):
      Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
    • Unemployment insurance check information (Interactive Recording):
      Monday through Saturday: 6:00 a.m. to midnight
      Sunday: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    NOTE: Unemployment insurance claim filing services are not available on California state holidays. Before placing your call, review Using the Automated Telephone Information System to learn about menu options.

    TELEPHONE LISTING – BY LANGUAGE (Inside California Only)

    • ENGLISH UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE (Filing Claims  / General Information)                         …………1-800-300-5616
    • ESPAÑOL UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE (Presentación de Solicitudes / Información General) …………1-800-326-8937
    • CHINESE UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE                                                                                                           …………1-800-547-3506
    • VIETNAMESE UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE                                                                                                         …………1-800-547-2058

    Unemployment Appeal Hotline California

    1-888-657-6886

     
  • uiappealhotline 4:24 pm on August 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Consider California, DIEC, Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave   

    Self-Employed Disability Insurance Elective Coverage 


    Disability Insurance Elective Coverage – A Safety Net for the Business Owner or Self-Employed!

    As someone whose livelihood depends on your ability to run a business, you should consider what would happen if your income stopped because:

    • You were sick, injured, or had a disabling condition due to pregnancy or childbirth and could not work.
    • Your parent, child, spouse, or registered domestic partner needed your care due to a serious health condition.
    • You would like to bond with your new child (biological, foster or adopted child.)

    Many people could not do without their income even temporarily.

    California’s Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) program serves as a safety net to small business owners, entrepreneurs, or self-employed individuals. Individuals that are covered by the DIEC are covered by the Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave programs.

    The Disability Insurance program provides benefits to eligible DIEC participants suffering a loss of income when they are unable to perform their usual work due to their own non-industrial or industrial related illness or injury, or a disabling condition due to pregnancy or childbirth.

    The Paid Family Leave program provides benefits to eligible DIEC participants when they need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill parent, child, spouse, registered domestic partner or to bond with a new child.

    Are you prepared for a rainy day? Consider California’s Disability Insurance Elective Coverage program created specifically for self-employed individuals and business owners working in California.

    Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) Forms and Publications

     

    For assistance, please contact UNEMPLOYMENT APPEAL HOTLINE at (888) 657-6886

     
  • uiappealhotline 5:24 pm on August 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    EDD Unemployment Benefits Video 


    Knowing Who To Call For Help Can Make All The Different…… Can’t get in to EDD? Call ….. 1-888-507-9948

     

    The Unemployment Insurance Program, commonly referred to as UI, provides workers, who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, with weekly unemployment insurance payments. The UI program is 100% funded by employers who pay taxes on wages paid to employees.

    The program benefits the individual and the local community. For the most part, UI benefits are spent in the local community, which helps sustain the economic well being of local businesses.

    Unemployment Insurance is a federal-state program, based on federal law, but executed through state law. Employers finance the UI program by tax contributions. In California, the EDD administers the UI program according to guidelines established by the UI Code and the California Code of Regulations, Title 22.

    The Benefit Determination Guide presents discussions about unemployment insurance law. The discussions are based on state and federal law, state and federal regulations; case law from the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, lower federal and state courts and Precedent Benefit Decisions issued by the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

    There are eight volumes. Each volume provides discussion on one broad issue of unemployment insurance law. Department personnel use the Benefit Determination Guide to make proper decisions about eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits.

    UI Apeal Hotline

    If you have questions regarding the information provided to you through this website, please call our hotline at

    (888) 507-9948

     
  • uiappealhotline 10:24 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    EDD WEB-CERTSM TIPS 


    EDD WEB-CERTSM TIPS

    Before You Start
    Registration Information
    Account Information
    Password Recovery Questions
    Claim History
    Completing the On-line Continued Claim Certification
    Using Public Computers

    Before You Start

    Information you will need before beginning the EDD Web-CertSM process:

    • Your Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award, DE 429 – This was sent to you with your initial package from the EDD
    • Your Guide to Benefits and Employment Services, DE 1275, handbook – This was also sent to you with your initial package from the EDD
    • Your Continued Claim Form, DE 4581, for the week(s) you wish to claim benefits

    Registration Information

    You will be asked to register some personal and claim information. It is important that you remember your User Name, your Password, the security questions you chose, and the answers you provided.

    • The phone number you register needs to be the one on your Unemployment Insurance Claim Record. You are not required to enter the area code.
    • If you did not provide a phone number on your initial UI application, enter all zeros in the spaces provided.
    • The Weekly Benefit Amount is the amount listed on line 4 of the Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award, DE 429. Please enter your Weekly Benefit Amount as shown on your award letter. This is the amount you would receive if you were paid unemployment benefits for only one week, before deductions. Enter only the dollar portion. Be advised that if you are receiving Federal stimulus money, this is not included in your Weekly Benefit Amount.

    Account Information

    Choose your own User Name that is a minimum of 8 characters in length. It can be any combination of letters, numbers, or special symbols. You may use an e-mail address as your User Name.

    • The Password you choose must be at least 8 characters in length and contain at least
      • one uppercase letter and
      • one lowercase letter and
      • one number and
      • one special character from this list only: ! @ # . $ ^ ( ) – _ |
    • Make sure you choose a User Name and Password that you can easily remember.

    Password Recovery Questions

    • At registration, you will be asked to choose three security questions and supply the appropriate response. Each response you provide must be unique and at least 3 characters long. For example, you cannot answer each question with the word, “No.”
    • If you forget your Password, cannot login, and are unable to recover your Password with the security questions, you will need to submit a request to Ask EDD. Once on that page, from the dropdown menu choose:
      • The category “Unemployment Insurance Benefits” then
      • The topic “EDD Web-CertSM Forgot Password or User Name”

    Claim History

    • You will only be able to certify for the weeks indicated as “Ready to File” on the Claim History page. It would be helpful to have your paper Continued Claim form with you for your own reference.

    Completing the On-line Continued Claim Certification

    • Do not use the Back button on your computer’s Internet browser. Navigate only by using the buttons on the EDD Web-CertSMpage. Otherwise, the application will close and you will not be allowed to certify on-line for that certification period.
    • If you make a mistake, do not click “Refresh.” You will be given an opportunity to correct your mistake before submitting your responses. Once you click “Submit My answers” or “Submit My Weekly Claim” you will not be able to change the answers up to that point.
    • Answer the questions only as they apply for the weeks indicated.
    • All answers require a response. Your claim will not be accepted until all questions have been answered.
    • Your claim has not been submitted until you are sent to the confirmation page that says, “You have successfully submitted your claim…”
    • At this time, you will not receive a confirmation of your certification submission. If you want a record of your submitted claim, you will need to print a copy of the confirmation page.
    • To avoid delays in processing your certification, please do not mail in your paper Continued Claim form if you file using EDD Web-CertSM.

    Using Public Computers (One-Stop Career Centers, libraries, Internet cafés, etc.)

    • Be sure to log out and close the browser when you are finished.
     
  • uiappealhotline 10:21 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    New EDD Web-CertSM Now Available! 


    New EDD Web-CertSM Now Available!

    en Español

    EDD online. Making it work for you.The Employment Development Department (EDD) has a new method for claimants to certify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The EDD Web-CertSM method will give most claimants the additional option to certify online instead of sending in the paper Continued Claim form, DE 4581. This is the first of several online upgrades being done to improve the overall customer experience with the UI Program.

    EDD Web-CertSM allows you to certify for UI benefits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    The questions asked on EDD Web-CertSM are the same questions on the paper Continued Claim form. The paper claim form will continue to be issued to you, regardless of which certification method you use during a certification period. However, if you choose to submit your Continued Claim form online, do not also submit a form through the mail. Submitting two forms (electronic and paper) could delay your benefits.

    To certify using EDD Web-CertSM, you will be asked to register a User Name and Password. An e-mail address can be used as a User Name. EDD will never share your User Name or e-mail address with any other agency or business, and no e-mails will be sent to you regarding your certification.

    While most claimants will be able to use the online option, claimants participating in the following UI programs will not be able to certify online at this time because more complex programming changes are required:

    • Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension
    • California Training Benefits (CTB)
    • Apprenticeship Training
    • Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)
    • Work Sharing Program (WS)
    • Partials Program, DE 2063
    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
    • State Special School Benefits (SSSB)

    In addition, if the conditions below apply to you, you cannot use the EDD Web-CertSM option. You must instead submit a paper Continued Claim form, DE 4581, for any weeks the following conditions exist:

    • There is an address or phone number change
    • You have performed work and/or earned wages during any week of the certifying period

    Reminder: Continued Claim certifications must be submitted within 14 days of the week ending date or the last payment date, whichever is later. Also, do not submit your continued claim certification before the latest week ending date shown. Submitting the continued claim certification early or late (over 14 days) may result in a delay or denial of UI benefits.

    Eventually, all claimants regardless of claim type or occasional conditions will be able to certify for benefits online. That ability will come with future enhancements to the EDD Web-CertSM.

     
  • uiappealhotline 8:59 pm on July 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Unemployment Insurance Types of Claims 


    Types of Claims

    Regular Unemployment Insurance

    These claims are based on wages earned from employers covered by the California UI Code and paid from the UI fund. The claim is based on California wages paid in specific quarters.

    Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees

    These claims provide unemployment compensation to former or partially unemployed federal civilian employees. A federal civilian employee may have worked for the United States Postal Service or the Internal Revenue Service. These claims are funded by the Federal government and are subject to regular state eligibility requirements.

    Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service Members

    These claims are also funded by Federal monies and are subject to regular state eligibility requirements. This program provides unemployment compensation to former service members upon release from active military service.

    Joint Claims

    These claims are based on both California wages and Federal wages. A Joint Claim is a claim using base period earnings of more than one type, e.g., federal civilian wages, federal military wages, and regular state-covered wages.

    Interstate

    These claims can be filed in California against earnings from another state. An unemployed New Yorker who just moved to California will file an “Interstate Claim.”

    Combined Wage

    These Claims are based on wages earned in two or more states.

    Training Extensions

    These claims provide eligible California Training Benefit (CTB) claimants with additional benefits beyond their regular claim. The CTB program allows eligible claimants who lack competitive job skills to receive their benefits while attending an approved training/retraining program.

    Trade Act

    The Trade Act of 1974 amended 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, and Reform Act of 2002 provides special federally funded assistance for workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as the result of trade with other countries. These worker benefits are administered by EDD and include:

    • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) under Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to provide weekly income during periods of unemployment or reduced employment. Workers must be enrolled in or have completed an approved training course in order to receive these benefits, unless the training requirement is waived.
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) under North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TRA) to provide weekly income during periods of unemployment or reduced unemployment to workers impacted by imports from Canada or Mexico or by shifts in production to those countries. Workers must be enrolled in or have completed approved training courses in order to receive these benefits. The training requirements cannot be waived if the customer elects to participate in NAFTA-TAA-TRA.

    Work Sharing

    This program allows for the payment of UI benefits to employees of participating employers whose wages and hours have been reduced. These claims are considered a temporary alternative to layoffs.

    Partial

    This program enables employers to retain trained staff during slow business periods. Employees are then available for full-time employment as business improves. Employers may use the Partial program if employees are temporarily working reduced hours or have been placed on layoff status for no more than two consecutive weeks. Employees who are laid off due to lack of work for more than two consecutive weeks must claim benefits in the usual manner and meet regular UI requirements.

    Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

    This federal program provides financial assistance and employment services to dislocated workers and the self-employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a major natural disaster.

    Federal-State Extended Duration or Fed-ED

    This is a special program usually made available during periods of high unemployment to assist claimants whose regular claims have been exhausted. This program pays additional benefits to those who qualify and have collected all the money in their regular claims and who are not eligible for any other UI claims. The EDD will notify individuals by mail, through the media and/or by claimant inquiry when they become potentially eligible for these benefits.

    California Extended Duration or Cal-ED

    This is a special program that is made available during periods of high unemployment. It is intended for claimants who have exhausted their claims and are not entitled to any other benefits.

    School Employee Claims

    These claims are for those individuals who work or provide services for a public or private non-profit school employer. A school employee (unless stated otherwise) is also a school supportive employee. These are employees employed by a non-profit or public entity employer who provide services to, or on behalf of an educational institution.

    School employee claims have distinctive eligibility requirements. For example, a school employee may not be eligible to receive benefits if all the following occur:

    1. A claim is filed during a recess period.
    2. Only school wages are in the base period of the claim.
    3. There is an offer to return to work for a school employer when the recess period ends.
     
  • uiappealhotline 2:58 am on May 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Debra Winchell, Economic Policy Institute, Paul Ashworth, Stephen Jankiewicz, Stuart Hoffman, UPS   

    85,000 Jobs Lost In December 


    WASHINGTON — Brace for a year of stubbornly high unemployment.

    Gripped by uncertainty over the economic recovery, employers chopped85,000 jobs last month, and difficulty finding work helped chase morethan half a million people out of the job market.

    Theunemployment rate held steady at 10 percent. It did not creep higheronly because so many people stopped looking for work and aretechnically not counted as unemployed.

    But the jobless rate is likely to rise in coming months as morepeople see signs of an improving economy and start looking for workagain. Some economists think it could near 11 percent, which would bethe highest since World War II, by June.

    The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report suggested employers willremain wary about hiring and skeptical of the economy recovery. JustFriday, UPS said it would cut nearly 2,000 white-collar jobs.

    “It is a wait-and-see attitude,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

    The economy is growing, but too weakly to persuade employers to rampup hiring. Growth has to be robust to drive down the jobless rate,especially as more people start looking for work.

    Complicating the recovery are remnants of the recession: high debt,a sputtering housing market and the inability or reluctance of peopleand businesses to borrow and spend. Most economists think unemploymentwill rise this year and stay high into 2012.

    That poses a threat to President Barack Obama and Democrats in thefall congressional elections and escalated pressure on theadministration to boost job creation. The “road to recovery is neverstraight,” Obama said after Friday’s report.

    The president pushed for an expanded government program that he saidwould help create tens of thousands of new clean-technology jobs. Obamaannounced the awarding of $2.3 billion in tax credits to companies thatmanufacture green technologies. The money will come from last year’s$787 billion stimulus program. He also called on Congress to approve anadditional $5 billion to help create more such jobs.

    Analysts had expected the economy to lose just 8,000 jobs inDecember. The loss of 85,000 was a setback after November, when,according to revised figures released Friday, the economy actuallyadded 4,000 jobs, the first gains in nearly two years.

    “The labor market is getting better, but it is still a long way frombeing healthy again,” said Paul Ashworth, economist at CapitalEconomics Ltd.

    Stephen Jankiewicz, who was filling out an online resume Friday at ajob center in Milwaukee, said he has noticed more job listings forwelding positions, but potential employers remain reluctant to hire.

    Jankiewicz has been without a job since the manufacturing plantwhere he worked closed nearly two years ago. One company has expressedinterest in him – but not until it’s more confident in the recovery. Hewas told to call back in a month.

    “They didn’t want to hire anybody just to lay off anybody again,” he said.

    The 85,000 lost jobs for the month is based on a government surveyof employers. A separate government survey of households found a muchdarker picture – nearly 600,000 fewer people said they had jobs inDecember than in November.

    That gap could reflect layoffs at small businesses that are havingtrouble getting loans and can’t afford to hire new people. That’ssomething many economists think the employer survey misses because itundercounts small companies.

    It was the second straight month the unemployment rate came in at 10percent. The only reason it didn’t rise was that 661,000 people stoppedlooking for jobs and left the work force.

    In a normal economic recovery, more people would be entering, notleaving, the job market. If those people hadn’t dropped out, the ratewould have hit 10.4 percent in December, according to an estimate bythe Economic Policy Institute.

    Counting the people who have given up looking for work and thepart-time workers who would rather be working full-time, the so-calledunderemployment rate edged up to 17.3 percent in December. The recordhigh is 17.4 percent, reached in October.

    The House has passed a bill intended to generate jobs, extendunemployment benefits and a health insurance subsidy and provide otheraid. But the Senate is reluctant to go along. Republicans say Obama’sfirst stimulus package hasn’t been effective.

    The December numbers complete a picture of a disastrous 2009 forAmerican workers. The unemployment rate averaged 9.3 percent in 2009 –up from average of 5.8 percent in 2008 and the highest since 1983.

    The number of unemployed has hit 15.3 million, up from 7.7 millionwhen the recession started in at the end of 2007. The recession haswiped out 7.2 million jobs. And the number of people jobless for atleast six months hit a record 6.1 million.

    One of them is Debra Winchell, who lost her job last January as anadministrative assistant at a health insurance company and has beenlooking for work since.

    Winchell, of Latham, N.Y., said she is seeing more online jobpostings, giving her some hope. But the jobs pay as little as $10 anhour. And when she does apply, no one calls back. Her unemploymentbenefits are set to run out this spring, so Winchell, who is single,said she will reluctantly sign up for temporary work.

    “I’ll be lucky if it pays the bills,” she said.

     

     

     
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    Economic News Release 


    Employment Situation SummaryTransmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-10-0589

    until 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, May 7, 2010

     

    Technical information:

    Household data: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * http://www.bls.gov/cps

    Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 * cesinfo@bls.gov * http://www.bls.gov/ces

     

    Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov

     

     

    THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2010

     

     

    Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000 in April, the unemployment rate

    edged up to 9.9 percent, and the labor force increased sharply, the U.S.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in manufactur-

    ing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospi-

    tality. Federal government employment also rose, reflecting continued hiring

    of temporary workers for Census 2010.

     

    Household Survey Data

     

    In April, the number of unemployed persons was 15.3 million, and the unem-

    ployment rate edged up to 9.9 percent. The rate had been 9.7 percent for the

    first 3 months of this year. (See table A-1.)

     

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for whites (9.0 percent)

    edged up in April, while the rates for adult men (10.1 percent), adult women

    (8.2 percent), teenagers (25.4 percent), blacks (16.5 percent), and Hispanics

    (12.5 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was

    6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

     

    The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) con-

    tinued to trend up over the month, reaching 6.7 million. In April, 45.9 percent

    of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. (See table A-12.)

     

    Among the unemployed, the number of reentrants to the labor force rose by

    195,000 over the month. (See table A-11.)

     

    In April, the civilian labor force participation rate increased by 0.3 percent-

    age point to 65.2 percent, as the size of the labor force rose by 805,000. Since

    December, the participation rate has increased by 0.6 percentage point. The em-

    ployment-population ratio rose to 58.8 percent over the month and has increased

    by 0.6 percentage point since December. (See table A-1.)

     

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes refer-

    red to as involuntary part-time workers) was about unchanged at 9.2 million in

    April. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut

    back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

     

    About 2.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force in April,

    compared with 2.1 million a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)

    These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work,

    and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted

    as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding

    the survey. (See table A-16.)

     

    Among the marginally attached, there were 1.2 million discouraged workers in

    April, up by 457,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)

    Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they be-

    lieve no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.2 million persons marginal-

    ly attached to the labor force had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding

    the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See

    table A-16.)

     

     

    Establishment Survey Data

     

    In April, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000. Sizable employment gains oc-

    curred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and in

    leisure and hospitality. Federal government employment increased due to the hiring

    of temporary workers for Census 2010. Since December, nonfarm payroll employment

    has expanded by 573,000, with 483,000 jobs added in the private sector. The vast

    majority of job growth occurred during the last 2 months. (See table B-1.)

     

    Manufacturing added 44,000 jobs in April. Since December, factory employment has

    risen by 101,000. Over the month, gains occurred in several durable goods indus-

    tries, including fabricated metals (9,000) and machinery (7,000). Employment also

    grew in nondurable goods manufacturing (14,000).

     

    Mining added 7,000 jobs in April, with most of the increase in support activities

    for mining. Since last October, mining has added 39,000 jobs.

     

    In April, construction employment edged up (14,000), following an increase of 26,000

    in March. Over the month, nonresidential building and heavy construction added 9,000

    jobs each.

     

    Employment in professional and business services rose by 80,000 in April. Temporary

    help services continued to add jobs (26,000); employment in this industry has in-

    creased by 330,000 since September 2009. Employment also rose over the month in ser-

    vices to buildings and dwellings (23,000) and in computer systems design (7,000).

     

    In April, health care employment grew by 20,000, including a gain of 6,000 in hospi-

    tals. Over the past year, health care employment has increased by 244,000.

     

    Employment rose by 45,000 in leisure and hospitality over the month. Much of this

    increase occurred in accommodation and food services, which added 29,000 jobs. Food

    services employment has risen by 84,000 over the past 4 months, while accommodation

    has added 18,000 jobs over the past 3 months.

     

    Federal government employment was up in April, reflecting the hiring of 66,000 tem-

    porary workers for the decennial census.

     

    Over the month, employment changed little in wholesale trade, retail trade, informa-

    tion, and financial activities.

     

    Employment in transportation and warehousing fell by 20,000 in April, reflecting a

    large decline in courier and messenger services.

     

    In April, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased

    by 0.1 hour to 34.1 hours. The manufacturing workweek for all employees increased by

    0.2 hour for the second straight month to 40.1 hours, and factory overtime was up by

    0.1 hour over the month. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory em-

    ployees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.1 hour to 33.4 hours in April.

    (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

     

    Average hourly earnings of all employees in the private nonfarm sector increased by

    1 cent to $22.47 in April. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have in-

    creased by 1.6 percent. In April, average hourly earnings of private-sector production

    and nonsupervisory employees increased by 5 cents to $18.96. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

     

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised from -14,000

    to +39,000, and the change for March was revised from 162,000 to 230,000.

     

    ____________

    The Employment Situation for May is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 4, 2010,

    at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

     

    Employment Situation Summary Table A. Household data, seasonally adjusted Employment Situation Summary Table B. Establishment data, seasonally adjusted Employment Situation Frequently Asked Questions Employment Situation Technical Note Table A-1. Employment status of the civilian population by sex and

    age Table A-2. Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age Table A-3. Employment status of the Hispanic or Latino population by sex and age Table A-4. Employment status of the civilian population 25 years and over by educational attainment TableA-5. Employment status of the civilian population 18 years and over byveteran status, period of service, and sex, not seasonally adjusted Table A-6. Employment status of the civilian population by sex, age, and disability status, not seasonally adjusted Table A-7. Employment status of the civilian population by nativity and sex, not seasonally adjusted Table A-8. Employed persons by class of worker and part-time status Table A-9. Selected employment indicators Table A-10. Selected unemployment indicators, seasonally adjusted Table A-11. Unemployed persons by reason for unemployment Table A-12. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment Table A-13. Employed and unemployed persons by occupation, not seasonally adjusted Table A-14. Unemployed persons by industry and class of worker, not seasonally adjusted Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization Table A-16. Persons not in the labor force and multiple jobholders by sex, not seasonally adjusted Table B-1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry sector and selected industry detail TableB-2. Average weekly hours and overtime of all employees on privatenonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonally adjusted TableB-3. Average hourly and weekly earnings of all employees on privatenonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonally adjusted TableB-4. Indexes of aggregate weekly hours and payrolls for all employeeson private nonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonally adjusted Table B-5. Employment of women on nonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonally adjusted TableB-6. Employment of production and nonsupervisory employees on privatenonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonally adjusted(1) TableB-7. Average weekly hours and overtime of production and nonsupervisoryemployees on private nonfarm payrolls by industry sector, seasonallyadjusted(1) TableB-8. Average hourly and weekly earnings of production andnonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls by industrysector, seasonally adjusted(1) TableB-9. Indexes of aggregate weekly hours and payrolls for production andnonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls by industrysector, seasonally adjusted(1)

    Access to historical data for the “A” tables of the Employment Situation Release Access to historical data for the “B” tables of the Employment Situation Release HTML version of the entire news release The PDF version of the news release Table of Contents Last Modified Date: May 07, 2010

     
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