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CA June 2010 unemployment down to 12.3%

But hold your applause….

According to Employment Development Department (EDD) data from two separate surveys, California’s unemployment rate decreased to 12.3% in June, down from 12.4% in May, but nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 27,600 during the month. The job losses resulted mostly from federal government employment in temporary census jobs.

Private nonfarm payrolls grew by 1,300 jobs. Pathetic… I wonder how much the payrolls grew OFFSHORE….

The GOOD news…? Millions of unemployed Americans are getting their unemployment benefits back, and TODAY the U.S. House of Representatives pushed back the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits, until the end of November. President Obama signed the measure into law only hours after its passage in the House.

A note for all of the unemployed people out there, especially the Republican ones: you would have had your benefits extended MUCH sooner if it had not been for a Republican filibuster (plus Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson) in the Senate. Some 2.9 million people were scheduled to run out of benefits last week. Some jobless folks stopped getting their checks in early June after Congress failed to extend the deadline to apply for unemployment insurance. Although payments will be retroactive to the previous deadline of June 2, it could take a month for states to start sending checks again.

Wouldn’t it be nice to find some middle ground between Republican lawmakers who don’t “get it” and Democratic lawmakers who don’t “get it?” :-)

According to the California report:

“Nonfarm jobs in California totaled 13,880,700 in June, a decrease of 27,600 over the month, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 42,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over-year change (June 2009 to June 2010) shows a decrease of 186,100 jobs (down 1.3 percent).”

From June 200 to June 2010, nonfarm payroll employment in California decreased by 186,100 jobs (down 1.3 percent).

The California EDD report had the following to say about job categories and industry divisions:

“Six categories (mining and logging; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; educational and health services; and leisure and hospitality) added jobs over the month, gaining 16,200 jobs. Manufacturing posted the largest increase over the month, adding 7,300 jobs. Five categories (construction; information; financial activities; other services; and government) reported job declines this month, down 43,800 jobs. Government posted the largest decline over the month, down by 28,900 jobs.”

“Three industry divisions (information; professional and business services; and educational and health services) posted job gains over the year, adding 30,400 jobs. Educational and health services recorded the largest increase over the year on both a numerical and percentage basis, up 21,900 jobs (a 1.3 percent increase).”

“Eight categories (mining and logging; construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; financial activities; leisure and hospitality; other services; and government) posted job declines over the year, down 216,500 jobs. Construction employment showed the largest decline over the year on both a numerical and percentage basis, down by 74,400 jobs (a decline of 12.0 percent).”

Some 21 of California’s counties had unemployment rates of 15.0% or greater in June, with Imperial County topping the list at 27.6% unemployment.

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