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  • California Employment Projection

    Fire escape, fixed!California’s unemployment, as of just five days ago, March 20, 2009, rose to a staggering 10.1 percent.
    With the Employment Development (EDD) now opening its call centers from 10 am til 2PM on Saturdays, merely to be able to handle the growing influx of those who require unemployment compensation insurance, and assistance in application for it, what’s the jobless rate going to do next? With California’s state unemployment currently about two percent higher than the national average of 8.1 percent, having grown in just one year nearly four percent, what’s the next few months going to bring for the job seeker in California?

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    Is there anyone in California who is currently hiring and if so, who is it, and what can you do to better yourself so that you’ve got a chance of getting back on the roles of the employed or employable?

    Granted the situation does look bleak at least for the next few months. The number of unemployed in California in February peaked out at about 1 million, 950 thousand people out of work. But in a state where nearly 17 million are working, how bad really is the crisis and what’s coming next.]

    In California many of the top careers, where you may find employment will be in the IT industry, while still more will be network engineers, customer service representatives and service industry jobs.

    California Job Openings

    blonde girls of last summerThe best bet currently for the job seeker is going to be service oriented positions.
    The current listings for job openings in California include primarily skilled positions, but some may require little or no retraining, but rather will train their employees on the job. These positions of course will not be the most high paying positions for which you may apply.

    The top jobs (for highest numbers available) in the state of California currently and through 2016 as projected by the Employment Development are as follows:

    Retail Salespersons 26,160
    Cashiers 19,130
    Waiters and Waitresses 18,010
    Office Clerks, General 13,830
    Personal and Home Care Aides 12,510

    Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 12,090
    Customer Service Representatives 11,160
    Registered Nurses 9,900
    Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 9,320
    Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 9,320

    Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 8,140
    Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7,930
    Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 7,400
    Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 7,140
    General and Operations Managers 6,630

    Food Preparation Workers 6,440
    First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 6,130
    Farm workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 6,130
    Teacher Assistants 6,120
    Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6,090

    Given these numbers it would seem that if you are currently out of work and require immediate employment you would likely find it in the Sales and service industries, specifically the Customer relations and retail industries at the present time.


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