December 19, 2011 The numbers behind California's 11.3 percent jobless rate

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 10:48

California's unemployment rate has been edging downwards in recent months in an apparent sign of slow recovery from the state's worst recession since the Great Depression, dropping to 11.3 percent in November.


But it's a mixed bag of numbers. The good news is that a quarter-million more Californians were working in November than a year earlier, and that was more than enough to offset a 34,000-person increase in the labor force, so the unemployment rate dropped by 1.2 percentage points from the previous November, although it's still one of the nation's highest.


The bad news is that about 2 million Californians considered to be in the labor force are still jobless, and that's about a million more than were unemployed before recession struck the state.


Roughly half of the 2 million jobless workers are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and the state fund that pays them is nearly $10 billion in the red and subsisting largely on loans from the federal government.


That fund covers only the first 26 weeks of unemployment for about a half-million recipients. Benefit extensions for another half-million, up to 99 weeks in total, are financed by the feds, but the longest extensions will expire in less than two weeks unless Congress renews them.


They are ensnared in a sharp partisan battle in Washington. In all, state and federal unemployment insurance payments total about $1.2 billion a month, but that's down from a 2011 high of more than $1.6 billion last March.


About a quarter-million Californians exhaust their benefits each month, although some may qualify for additional benefits upon re-application. Approximately that many initial claims for benefits are filed each month.


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Appeals Court: Individual Health Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional

Friday, 12 August 2011 12:42

Appeals Court: Individual Health Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional

Published August 12, 2011


A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini, editing by Will Dunham)


April 16th Cal Expo Tea Party Rally

Monday, 18 April 2011 07:56

We had a great rally in Sacramento this past Saturday. 

Here was the agenda:

Brent Bozell -- (Media Research Institute‐ Fox News Contributor)
Brad Dacus -- (Pacific Justice Institute)
Caleb Yee -- (First High School TPP Leader)
Jon Coupal -- Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association
Sam Parades -- California Gun Owners Association
Tom McClintock -- Congressman
Bill Norton -- Constitutional Scholar
Mark Meckler -- Co‐founder of the Tea Party Patriots
Re‐enactments -- Samuel Adams – Rex Ruth
And here are links to some of the highlights:
Bikers at Cal Expo Tea Party rally:
Skydiver at Cal Expo Tea Party rally:
CBS Coverage of Caleb Yee at Cal Expo Tea Party Rally:

Sacramento, state jobless rates show big drops

Monday, 19 December 2011 10:01

By Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee Last modified: 2011-12-17T08:35:58Z Published: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 - 12:00 am


Sacramento's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 2 1/2 years – and the region is showing signs of finally joining the economic recovery.


Thanks to unusually strong holiday retail hiring, Sacramento unemployment dropped half a percentage point in November, to 10.9 percent, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.


Overall, payrolls grew by 4,000 jobs.It was the first time that Sacramento unemployment dipped below 11 percent since May 2009.


A year ago, the rate was 12.8 percent. "This is the first month when Sacramento is showing a clear gain … in a long time," said Jeff Michael, an economist at the University of the Pacific.Statewide unemployment fell four-tenths of a point, to 11.3 percent. It was one of the most dramatic one-month declines in years.


But the state as a whole added just 6,600 jobs, following several stronger months. The payroll figure is based on a broader survey and is considered more reliable than the unemployment rate."We didn't gain any ground here," said Howard Roth, chief economist at the state Department of Finance.


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67% Favor Finding Spending Cuts in All Government Programs

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 07:43

67% Favor Finding Spending Cuts in All Government Programs

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Defense spending, along with Social Security and Medicare, accounts for over 50% of the federal budget and is sure to come under the knife as Congress and President Obama look for ways to cut the nation’s staggering deficit. Most voters think that’s a good idea.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters think that thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every program of the federal government as the nation searches for solutions to the budget crisis. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of voters are opposed to considering cuts in every government program. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty percent (50%) oppose keeping the military out of the mix of potential cuts. But 35% think thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every program except the military. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure which course is best.

In the national political debate, Republicans tend to be more protective of defense spending, while Democrats are more protective of the non-military side of the ledger. The new voter findings help to explain why.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans, for example, favor thoughtful cuts in every government program, but 58% think cuts should be considered in every program but the military. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats, on the other hand, oppose spending cuts that don’t include the military, but just 59% of those in the president’s party favor the consideration of cuts in every program of the government.


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