Job Front: California has a long way to go in hiring

Published: Monday, Sep. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 3, 2012 - 9:06 am

Double-digit unemployment remains a reality for much of California, but the state is continuing its slow climb toward recovery and is outperforming the nation in job growth.

So says a mixed-bag report out of the nonpartisan California Budget Project released for Labor Day.

In its aptly titled report "Waiting for Recovery," California Budget Project analysts show too many Californians still want for work.

"California still has a deep hole in its job market and full recovery remains a long way off," the report said.

Consider the numbers:

• The state's July jobless rate was 10.7 percent.

• About half of California's unemployed have been seeking work for at least six months.

• One in three has been looking for a job for at least a year.

"Since the recession hit California harder than most states, California's job market has a longer way to go to recover from the downturn," the report said.

But the report also signaled that California's job market is showing signs of life, with job gains over the last year greater than those nationally.

Private sector jobs increased by 2.7 percent in California, compared with 1.8 percent nationwide, with the largest gains in high technology and in professional and business services.

By the numbers, California picked up 30,400 jobs per month on average from July 2011 to July 2012, according to the report, compared with the anemic 7,100-per-month average during the previous year.

But bad news still outweighs good: For example, public sector workers are showing up in the unemployment line.

Verizon adding workers

Verizon Wireless is hiring people to work in its customer care and call centers in Folsom and Rancho Cordova as well as its retail outlets in the Sacramento area.

The wireless carrier plans to fill as many as 75 positions, said Verizon spokesman Robert Kelley, with many of the jobs in retail sales and customer support.

Retail sales candidates should have at least a year to two years of sales experience working on commission. Bilingual candidates are encouraged.

Candidates for retail customer support positions also should have at least a year of related experience and strong customer service skills.

Benefits include a 401(k) retirement savings plan, telephone discounts, and medical, dental and vision coverage.

Kelley said potential candidates can apply and find information at www.verizon careers.

Workshop for job hunters

SacProNet, the Sacramento Professional Network, will present a job search workshop and new member orientation Wednesday in Rancho Cordova.

"Getting Started With Your Job Search" is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sacramento Public Library's Rancho Cordova branch, 9845 Folsom Blvd.

The workshop is open to the public, and dress is business casual.

For more information, visit Sacramento Professional Network at

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