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  • Santa Maria business owners to take survey about local economy

    February 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    The Central Coast is showing some signs of economic growth. Large chains, like Chipotle and David's Bridal, will open their doors this spring in Santa Maria. The city's Economic Development Commission is taking a survey to see how local businesses are doing, and how they feel going into the... more »
  • Labor Day redefined for local job seekers

    September 2, 2011 9:11 PM

    Unemployment remained flat last month, spelling more bad news for the nation's economy. The jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent in August and no new jobs were added. 14 million people across the country are out of work. Six million of them have been without jobs for at least... more »
  • Local economy shows steady improvement

    April 1, 2011 10:05 PM

    Good news for the nation's economy. The unemployment rate in the U.S. has reached a two year low. The latest numbers show unemployment in the u-s dropped to 8.8 percent in March, but in California, the rate is more than 12 percent. Locally, unemployment in San Luis Obispo County... more »
  • New laws crack down on SoCal immigration

    February 14, 2011 1:15 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five Riverside county cities are cracking down on illegal immigrants as their unemployment rates soar. Last month, Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee and Norco began requiring businesses to check the immigration status of new workers through the federal E-Verify database. Employers that don't can lose their... more »
  • Prop 23 has both sides fuming over green retrofits

    September 2, 2010 1:20 PM

    Supporters call it the California Jobs Initiative while opponents label it as the Dirty Energy Proposition. No matter where you stand, Proposition 23 is all the rage heading into the November election. If passed, it would appeal AB 32, also known as the Global Warming Act of 2006. That... more »
  • Training programs boost confidence for the unemployed

    July 19, 2010 10:22 PM

    Despite drops in the unemployment rate at the state and national level, local cities are still seeing increases. San Luis Obispo County jumped from just above 9.5 percent in May to 10 percent last month. Within the county, Paso Robles rose from around 11 percent to nearly 12 percent.... more »
  • State and national jobless rates drop as local rates rise

    July 16, 2010 10:43 PM

    The latest unemployment numbers have come out for the month of June. Nationally, unemployment fell from 9.7 percent to 9.5 percent. California's unemployment rate also saw a slight drop from 12.4 to 12.3 percent. Closer to home, jobless rates are up. San Luis Obispo County rose from 9.6 to 10... more »
  • Governor reacts to latest unemployment numbers for California

    May 21, 2010 12:07 PM

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California has a long way to go before it can recover from the recession. That's the statement his office has released in response to the latest unemployment numbers, released Friday. It says the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.6 percent in April, but the... more »
  • California's unemployment rate remains unchanged at 12.6 percent

    May 21, 2010 11:52 AM

    California unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.6 percent for April. That's according to the latest figures from the California Employment Development Department. That state department says nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 14,200 last month. That means that California has gained some 56,400 jobs since the beginning of 2010. Still,... more »
  • California's unemployment rate holds steady for February

    March 26, 2010 11:43 AM

    California's unemployment is hovering at the all-time high rate of 12.5 percent. That's the most recent news from the California Employment Development Department. It says Californians lost some 20,400 jobs in February. That rate is unchanged from January's unemployment rate. To provide some perspective on the economy, the unemployment... more »
  • Unemployment up on Central Coast, but state average is higher

    March 12, 2010 10:01 PM

    Though unemployment is up on the Central Coast, it's still below the state average. The latest state figures show unemployment in San Luis Obispo County rose just less than one percent from December to January. It now stands at 10.6%. Santa Barbara County also saw a jump of about... more »
  • Local organization helps women start their own business

    January 29, 2010 9:25 PM

    With unemployment near record highs, a local non profit is helping women on the road to self- employment. Women's Economic Ventures, or WEV classes are taught in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. It's business as usual for Olivia Alvarez of Guadalupe. She works at home as a small business... more »
  • Organization helps women start their own business

    January 29, 2010 5:16 PM

    With unemployment numbers hovering around nine percent along the Central Coast, a local organization is trying to give women the tools they need to start their own business. Women's Economic Ventures, or WEV, is a 14 week, self employment training program. It teaches important aspects of financing, marketing, and managing... more »
  • More people out of work on the Central Coast

    December 18, 2009 3:57 PM

    More people are out of work in San Luis Obispo County, as well as Santa Barbara County, according to a report released today by the California Employment Development Department. About 200 jobs were lost in Santa Barbara County in November, bringing the unemployment rate there to 8.9%. In October,... more »
  • CA unemployment fell slightly in November

    December 18, 2009 12:06 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that California's unemployment rate fell slightly in November - down to 12.3 percent from 12.5 percent a month earlier. California was among 36 states that saw unemployment fall last month. But it remains among the worst-off states... more »
  • New jobless claims fall unexpectedly

    December 3, 2009 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The tally of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly for the fifth straight week, a hopeful sign that the job market is slowly improving. The Labor Department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 457,000, the lowest total since... more »
  • High Unemployment - Dealing with The Job Search

    November 20, 2009 10:10 PM

    The latest unemployment news for California isn't good. Another modern record was set when the numbers grew to 12.5% for October. That was up three-tenths of a percent from September's 12.2% mark. The numbers locally for San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County also grew to 9.1% and 8.8%... more »
  • California unemployment rate hits 12.5 percent

    November 20, 2009 11:41 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's unemployment rate rose to 12.5 percent in October to set another modern record. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says California was one of 29 states reporting unemployment rate increases. Only three states - Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island - had higher rates than California... more »
  • Jobless claims fall more than expected

    November 12, 2009 12:05 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - New claims for unemployment insurance fall more than expected last week, evidence the job market is slowly healing as the economy recovers. The Labor Department says first-time claims dropped to a seasonally adjusted 502,000 from an upwardly revised 514,000 the previous week. That's the fewest claims... more »

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