California State flagCalifornia this year has gained back just 5.4% of the jobs it lost during the recession. Increased hiring in the temporary workforce and in industries such as retail and tourism have barely made a dent in a state hit by far larger job cuts in print media and telecommunications, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast's third-quarter presentation this week.

About 70,000 new jobs have been created in the most populous U.S. state through the first six months of the year, compared to the 1.3 million during the two years leading up to the end of 2009, the Anderson report said. About a sixth of this year's new jobs were in temporary staffing, with smaller gains in industries such as retail, education and logistics, said Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast, in a presentation in Los Angeles on Sept. 15.

"It's barely perceptible growth, and that's still a problem," said Nickelsburg. "We have a long way to go."

With California's approximately 37 million residents accounting for about 12% of the U.S. population, the state's economic challenges -- many of them created by prerecession residential overbuilding and the resulting absence of housing construction over the next few years -- both reflect and are a cause of a U.S. recovery that will take longer than previous rebounds, according to the Forecast.

Granted, California is showing faint signs of growth. Many of the temp jobs created during this year's first half were transferred into more permanent positions in June and July. Additionally, increasing U.S. exports have pushed shipping activity in Los Angeles and Oakland back to prerecession levels, benefitting the nearby logistics industry.

Still, California's unemployment rate, which is about two percentage points above the country's 10% rate, will decline slowly. Nickelsburg estimated that the state's unemployment rate will remain above 10% until well into 2012.


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its1luckycat

I know for a fact that you are right on Ronafishon. My husbands ex-wife and 2 daughters have been on unemployment for over a year now. The oldest daughter said it was like being on a paid vacation. They make me sick, but now that I said that I will hear what a terrible stepmom I am. Not true. They tapped me out awhile ago. They are still putting their dad on a guilt trip. I am done sympathizing.

September 20 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WilliamSowles

Hey Folks, its only gonna get worse before it gets worse.

September 20 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davandsher

Clean out Washington and watch things get better.

September 20 2010 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ruthsgardens

Once again we are at the cross-roads.The far left and the far right are up for reelection again.Americans always miss those who are up for reelection during the presidential elections.It is always overshadowed by the presidential elections and most people just vote the party if they even vote.The far left and far right succeed every year instilling the party hatred with their ads.Most americans haven't caught on yet.They give a couple facts bolstering their candidate and maybe even a couple for the opponent to give their ad credibility.Then they add a couple half-truths to plant doubts.And then a couple flatout blatant lies to anger americans of the other party.Yep. Has been working for decades now.Americans get angry,divide theirselves across party lines and vote their party.So the far left and far right career politicians get reelected.Doesn't matter if their candidate loses or the party loses the majority.They still keep their seats.Now the limelight is on Pelosi,Reid and Franks which normally get reelected with a whisper.Everytime americans speak out in anger,their voices become politicized and polarized.Everytime americans come together of all races,creed and parties,they are immediately pushed to the far left or the far right by both parties or the biased media.Just like the civil rights movement.It was not all black.It was all races and not just democrats either.The same with the tea party movement.It was all races and all parties to.The far left and far right do a good job of polarizing these people and move them to either side for votes.If both of these movements stop letting theirselves be divided and join together,they could rid congress of the far left and far right progressives.And all americans of all races could take back our government for the people and by the people.Instead Jackson and Sharpton push the followers of MLK to the far left and the media pushes the followers of Beck to the far right.All for votes.And the far left and far right remain happy.It is time for another movement.It is time for the American Movement.For both these movements to join together and to be joined by 100 million more voices.It will be the voice of all americans of all races and all parties.A voice that noone can hush,or divide,or polarize.The far left and far right will quake in their shoes.Because it is time for them to go.And it will be a voice that will not wait for election years.It will be the voice of the majority.It will be the voice of what americans demand now.There will be a cleansing of our government.All corruption will be investigated.At state and local levels to.The cost will not matter.As 100's of billions are thrown at the deficit anyway.Our government will be reduced back to the size it was created for.That will shrink the 3,865% that our governemnt grew itself since 1918.The majority of the taxes will go back to the states and create jobs as initially created to do.And the legacies of career politicians will be dissolved.Instead of our legacies being dissolved by credit.It is time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.And that doesn't mean in war only.

September 20 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Bennett

For the first time in my adult life I'm finding it difficult to be proud of my country because it feels like the American Dream is becoming a nightmare.

September 20 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sjpxmas

THE MEXICAN FLAG WILL SOON BE FLOWN BELOW THE AMERICAN FLAG, WHY BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT NEVER STOPPED THE ILLEGAL MEXICAN FROM WALKING INTO U.S.A.AND VERY SOON MEXICO WILL TAKE OVER U.S.A. BECAUSE NO ONE CARES.

September 20 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sjpxmas

IT'S ABOUT TIME, BRING IT ON... THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IS JUST WAY TO OLD TO BE RUNNING TODAYS CARS, THINK AND BUILD SOMETHING NEW. GOOD JOB GUYS, THE ELECTRIC CAR WILL BE GREAT. NOW IT NEEDS TO BE 4 WHEEL DRIVE TO GET OUT OF THE SNOW.

September 20 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tsmomfla

I wonder if the author of this article read the article this morning by Mcintyre baout how the recession ended JUNE, 2009??

September 20 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tsmomfla

I wonder if the author of this article read the article this morning by Mcintyre baout how the recession ended JUNE, 2009??

September 20 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ronafishon

One of the reasons the laid off workers are not back to work is because they recieve nearly $2000.00 per month from unemployment benefits. I wouldnt go to work either. Its time to also go after employers who employ illegals, and place a bounty on disability fraud with a nice reward. When the government offers to help you be very scared.

September 20 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply