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California Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 12.6 Percent

Even though there have been reports of the unemployment rate of the Silicon Valley falling in April, the unemployment rate of California does not seem to be affected much. It remains unperturbed at 12.6 percent.

The reason for the fall in unemployment rate in Silicon valley has been due to the sharp fall of the unemployment rates in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties due to the hiring of techies. Santa Clara County recorded its lowest unemployment rate this year. Refer to  California unemployment claims guide to learn more about state unemployment program.

But all this does not seem to affect California’s struggle. It still remains the third highest in the nation, just behind Michigan and Nevada. The worrying factor is that the state’s unemployment rate is well above the unemployment rate of the nation which has been 9.9. percent.

The only positive sign has been the hiring in tech manufacturing sector which could mean the companies have started spending on computer upgrades.

The updates on some job listing sites have shown that the increase in the number of full time job openings posted by the employers. After the recession set in, it was usually part time or contract workers being hired. But it looks like the confidence in the economy is coming back and hence the employers are looking for full time permanent workers.

There is a wide spread belief that the unemployment rate of California might budge only when the private sectors start hiring.

You can check out the unemployment benefits in California if you want to know more about the unemployment claims.

22 thoughts on “How To Survive Unemployment”

  1. I am currently receiving unemployment in texas and my benefits is coming to an end and I still have not found a job can I apply for an extension.

    1. Andie,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I work for a car wash in Reno,NV. Now that its winter time can I file a claim to make up for the lack of hours I was accustomed to before winter. now granted the people in charge are always screaming we gotta keep labor down. To me the way they keep labor down is not giving the employees there schedueled breaks and making them punch out for an additional 30min. Now because of that I lose more than 10 hours per week. that’s affecting my pay check tremendously. So my question is can I file a claim to make up the difference and keep my job?

    1. Henry,

      If you’re on the rolls of your employer (not on contract) and the employer remits unemployment taxes into the system, you can be eligible to claim partial UI benefits.

    1. Stephen,

      You should have applied for benefits during the period of unemployment. You will not be able to claim in retrospect. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  3. WHEN AND WILL NEVADA SEND ME A 1099-G ,FOR U I BENEFITS RECIEVED FROM, 9/2018 TO END OF YEAR,EVEN THO I AM STILL GOING TO BE RECIEVING BENEFITS TILL 3/2019 POSTAL OR ONLINE? I HAD TAX WITHHELD SO I GUESS I NEED IT TO FILE

  4. I worked in PA for the last 8 months and for 4 years in NJ before that. There was no break in employment. I was laid off yesterday from the PA job. I think I should apply in PA but how would I make sure that wages from both states are accounted for?

  5. I worked in Maryland for 5 years and was on Maryland unemployment for a month before finding another job and should still have an active Maryland claim there. The new company I work for is based in Virginia and I started in early November until the government shutdown in late Dec. Should I file a new claim in Virginia or continue with Maryland UE? Also I picked up a part time job on weekends 3 weeks ago averaging about 18 hours. How would that work?

    1. Matt,

      Since you’ve already filed a claim in Maryland, please wait for a determination to be made. You should report the income from the part-time job to the Unemployment Office. Please call the Claims Center.

    1. Ralph,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. I worked in Washington State in January, 2017 to March, 2018. I worked in Montana from March, 2018 to March, 2019 My residence is in Washington State. Which state do I apply for Unemployment Insurance?

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