It's Raining Jobs -- In California?

jobs in california In January, only 700 jobs were created in the entire state of California. But in February, believe it or not, reports show that a whopping 100,000 new jobs were created, according to the California Employment Development Department. What's responsible for the state's latest employment gold rush?

Growth in high tech is a major factor. The northern part of the state can't find enough qualified coders, computer engineers and the like to adequately feed its need. Internet giants such as Google and Facebook have announced that they'll hire more in 2011 than in any year prior. High tech positions account for the 40,000 new jobs that were added in February in the professional services sectors, which also includes manager and accountant positions.

Then there's the information sector, which includes California's famous movie and television industries. They added 15,500 new jobs. Trade and transportation added 9,100 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality, also big in California, added 5,900. The biggest surprise of all was that construction, which took a huge hit during the real estate bust, added 15,500 new jobs last month.

Public sector jobs made up the only category that took a hit, but this comes as no surprise as the entire state, as well as major cities, slashed budgets, salaries and positions in February.

But unless you're a computer engineer, don't pack your bags and head out west just yet. California lost about 1.2 million jobs since January, 2007. And while the unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in February, it's still at 12.2 percent, which is substantially higher than the 8.9 percent national average. And it's even worse in some counties -- the Riverside San Bernardino areas have a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, and in Los Angeles County the rate is 12.6 percent. Still, those numbers are down from where they were in January, so while the California economy still has a way to go, it's getting better little by little.

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Joe Smith

"It's Raining Jobs -- In California?"

This article was obviously written by someone who stands to benefit by distorting the truth.
The whole article is a lie, which makes the author, I suppose, a liar.

May 07 2012 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah right. The state isn't getting better little by little. If it were they wouldn't be upping our unit fees to $36 per unit, cutting educational programs, or cutting students. AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE! This state is a **** hole!

March 29 2011 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Georgia A McD

Any worker with good sense would stay out of CA. The prices for living and the taxes are outrageous. A bunch of KOOKS run that statellllllllllllllllll19 years of experience living there and I would never move back!

March 29 2011 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BULL SHI_ ! Pure and simple. I live in California and I can tell you as fact that this article is nothing more than propoganda by the administration to make everyone think things are picking up. There is no work in California!
There are people by the hundreds who line up for any minimum wage job that is advertised anywhere in this state. For every job that is open or "created" there are a thousand applicants, many who have been without work for years now! The libers of this state have ruined any hope of California ever recovering untill someone who has some common sence is put into office in this state! The State of California is a prime example in all ways of what happens when you allow Liberals to control government! Come to California and see for yourself all the homeless begging on nearly every corner of every city in this state and then thank the Liberals and the "Greenies" for your good fotune. The really sad thing is that these same idiots are the ones who continue to blindly follow the Political ideals that ruined this state to start with!

March 29 2011 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dallas's comment

Agreed. The jobs that were created fall are the ones that pay 8/hr. with no benefits. Those really don't count. Most of the people in California fall into the "underemployed" category.

March 29 2011 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article is full of crap!!!

March 29 2011 at 12:03 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sfspforever's comment
fabgoose are pooh poohing the article???

March 29 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

My Daughter graduated from USD with a Juris Doctorate degree and has not been able to find a job in over three years.

March 29 2011 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to garybirder's comment

Sorry about that, but maybe we just have too many lawyers.

March 29 2011 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

That's probably because CA is already "lousy" with lawyers.

March 29 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Folks, it's almost April 2011 & the 2012 campaign trail will heat up in 6 mos. This is a precursor of the mind screwing voters will be subjected to saying "all is well". Adding a hundred thousand jobs is a drop in the bucket & only a prolonged & proven spike in hiring can be claimed a victory of sorts. I would guess the Obama machine is gearing up for an all out claim of progress. Laughable?

March 29 2011 at 11:19 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to skitzlpk's comment

Even thouhg I was too young at the time I heard Carter did the same thing. Claimed "low unemployment" that's why Reagan came up with the "misery" index. And he asked everyone if they felt they were better off than four years ago. I can tell you right now if asked that about two years ago I was definitely better off even with the $5.00 a gallon diesel and I run a truck. At least we had money, now it's hitting $4.25 and we don't even have any work. So you just drive and put the little money you get right back in the tank. That's the No hope and Change for the worse. Even the fast food restaurants can't make a living.


P.S. But Obammy is on vacation, right? Since Jan 2009 of course.

March 29 2011 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They could employ them all if they would throw the illegals out.

March 29 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to junior's comment

They can't do that anymore than France can because they have legislated everyone underground. I know plenty of people who have no choice but to pay cash and/or have "independent contractors". If not they would be forced to raise prices which would not be accepted in the market. That's what these liberals who never ran a business in their lives don't understand. You have to compete with others and unless you can you close the doors. Customers don't care that you need to pay for this or that regulation, they'll just call someone cheaper. California didn't use to be like that, but people keep on voting in these halfwits eventually the whole state will collapse.


March 29 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hard to believe since I know several people that live in Calif, still on unemployment and many with exhausted benefits still have no job and yet they continue to seek work.
What a joke and a very sad one at that because it isn't true.

March 29 2011 at 10:33 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to patdelb4's comment

We lost millions of jobs a month in the beginning of "hope and change". So even if a few were created at that rate it will be 2025 before things are back to GWB's administration. We need people in there who actually know how to create jobs not halfwits and lifetime acedemics. This is the real world, not a college project.


March 29 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You could'nt prove it by me.

March 29 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dlwoodford's comment

I hear you! I wonder where they get their statistics from. The only thing growing is the list of "99ers"!

March 29 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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