Ouch! Largest percentage of unemployed in California have been out of work for over a year

Posted on June 8, 2011

Add to that the fact that 431,000 have already exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.  Not pretty:

Nearly three-quarters of a million people in California who were unemployed in April had been out of work a year or more, according to the state Employment Development Department.  It is the only category of unemployment based on time out of work that increased year-over-year.


New data released by the EDD show that as California continues to struggle to turn around, the workers who have been out of work the longest are having the most difficulty finding jobs.


As of April, 726,000 or 33.1% of the state’s 2.2 million jobless had not worked for 52 weeks or more.  That is up from 23.5% of the total in April 2010. Those unemployed five to 14 weeks placed a distant second this year at 449,000.

Given that the private business sector only added 54,000 jobs in the month of May, the unemployment report for that month, due out on June 17th, gives no reason to hope for any improvement in the long-term jobless numbers.