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  • California’s unemployment rate held steady at 12.5 % in February, even though the state lost 20,400 work, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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    The state’s loss followed a gain of 32,000 work in January. You can find 586,400 fewer work in California last month than there were at the same time last year, a drop of 4.1 %.

    The department mentioned numerous from the losses last month occurred within the construction industry, which lost 21,500 work. Professional and business services grew a lot more than any other sector, gaining 10,000 work.

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    "Far too numerous Californians remain unemployed, and that’s why I am so glad I signed legislation this week to bolster work creation," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mentioned, referring to his homebuyer tax credit and green technology sales tax exemption proposals.

    "However, a lot more should be done, and I encourage the Legislature to keep up the great perform and pass the additional elements of my California Work Initiative so we can get individuals off the unemployment rolls and into the perform force," Schwarzenegger mentioned.

    The national jobless rate also remained unchanged in February at 9.7 %. Michigan’s jobless rate is still the highest among all 50 states, at 14.1 %.

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    The relative stability in work and unemployment shows that the economy is moving from down to flat, on a painfully slow path toward work growth, mentioned Steve Levy, director from the Center for Continuing Study from the California Economy.

    "March and April ought to bring much better news, both within the state and within the nation as we expect small work growth in both areas," Levy mentioned. "We see signs outside the work market that this slow recovery is happening. There’s a lot more trade at the ports, there’s a lot more traffic at the airports, there’s a lot more tourism."

    For the individuals who are unemployed economists think this will be a slow recovery, and it will take months and years in some cases to recover the work losses from the last two years, Levy mentioned.

    Other sectors that saw work growth in California included mining and logging; trade, transportation and utilities; and educational and health services.

    Unemployment was highest in Colusa County, which had a no seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 27.6 %, followed by Imperial County at 27.2 %. Mono County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate, at 7.8 %, followed by Marin County with 8.4 %.

     california-Sacramento_Capitol QUESTION I need to fill out the form for unemployment,
    where do I find these forms, what do I need (SIN, something from the
    employer) to apply

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    Answer.

    If you’ve lost your job and find yourself in the position of having to file for unemployment compensation insurance for the first time, or for the first time in quite some time, particularly at a time of high stress such as losing your job, the application process can seem confusing to you.

    There are three methods to file for your unemployment compensation in California. The first and likely the easier method, which will get your checks to you more quickly and keep you from having to wait in a line is to file online.

    The fastest way to apply for unemployment compensation in California, as in many other states will be by filing for your claim online using electronic means.
    To file for unemployment in California you must have earned at least $1,300 in the highest quarter of your base period or have earned  $900 in the highest quarter of your base period and a total of at least 1.25 times the high quarter earnings.
    To file your claim in California you will require:

       *Social Security number.
       *driver’s license or ID card number.
       *Gross earnings
       *Employer’s name, address and phone number.
       *Valid reason for unemployment.
       *The last day that you worked

        * The preferred way to file for your unemployment is to file online. It prevents traveling, speeds your check along its way and permits you to also recertify as well as verify your job seeking online as well. To file for your unemployment online in the state of California, there are a few simple steps.

       Visit the California Employment Development Department website.(California Unemployment Office web site,
       Click the Unemployment tab at the top.
       Click on Apply online (this form will be eApply4UI)
       You will be given step by step instructions about filing.

    You may also file your unemployment claim over the phone or at a local California unemployment office.

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    When you’re no longer on the lists of the employed, the first thing on your mind, is of course getting that Unemployment compensation secured and begun so that you’ve got the wherewithal to pay your expenses, but not far behind that is the desire to find gainful employment again.

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    There is no such thing as beginning to look for work again too quickly, particularly if you’re like most of us and you simply don’t have unlimited amounts of funds to stay unemployed for any extended period of time.

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    Thankfully many of the best employment web sites which feature jobs in nearly any state are now online to permit us to not only scan jobs for which we might be interested, but also to, in most cases, apply for those jobs online and even in some cases to set up appointments to interview for them.
    Among the best of the best in California’s government web sites to seek out new employment are the following:

    Fire escape, fixed!EDD’s Cal Jobs.{http://www.caljobs.ca.gov/} Cal Jobs lets you register and login to seek out new employment, to browse catalogs of jobs and to upload and keep your resume online so that you can submit it to any given job merely at the click of a button. The site is well organized and offers a vast and diverse array of information literally at your fingertips to help you to find the job you want, and to match your resume with prospective employers who are seeking workers with your skills

    Mendocino Works– http://www.mpic.org/resource/Resources.html From the Mendocino area, offers information on jobs available in the Mendocino and surrounding areas. With a friendly interface and some great information, the site will be helpful for anyone seeking employment in this area of California. Mendocino works also offers Do Not Patronize lists which offer information about employers in the state of California which the state has deemed to be unfair to workers with regard to wage or other issues.

    Labor Market Info–http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/?PAGEID=3 another service of the Employment Development Department, Labor Market Info offers Top paying jobs, job searches as well as several self assessment quizzes to determine the kind of job you would best like and be good at to help you in your career choices or to help you to decide what type job you might like to apply for next if your chosen career is, as many are, in a slump right now.
    The site also include Occupational Guides which will help you to find the best careers at the moment, with details guides on what is required for entry positions in those career fields and how to become qualified to do them.