Californians were hurting during the Great Recession, as unemployment climbed to more than 2 million workers. In this 2009 photo, unemployed Sergio Fuentes, right, gets some help from a state worker for a job at the Employment Development Department in San Jose. Jobless rolls have since declined by more than half, but figures show employment gains have been very uneven.
Californians were hurting during the Great Recession, as unemployment climbed to more than 2 million workers. In this 2009 photo, unemployed Sergio Fuentes, right, gets some help from a state worker for a job at the Employment Development Department in San Jose. Jobless rolls have since declined by more than half, but figures show employment gains have been very uneven. Paul Sakuma Associated Press file
Californians were hurting during the Great Recession, as unemployment climbed to more than 2 million workers. In this 2009 photo, unemployed Sergio Fuentes, right, gets some help from a state worker for a job at the Employment Development Department in San Jose. Jobless rolls have since declined by more than half, but figures show employment gains have been very uneven. Paul Sakuma Associated Press file
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California’s jobless rolls cut in half, but gains have been uneven

August 14, 2016 6:00 AM

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Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee