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The State Of California Labor On Labor Day



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 05, 2011
Gregory Howard is looking for leads at a job fair held in Sacramento. He used to be a manager at Home Depot.
 
"As I'm getting older I'm finding out it's even more competitive out here and the jobs that are available, you have a pool of 300-400 people that are applying for one position."  
 
Employment analysts say there are new jobs out there but not in retail or construction. Jordan Levine is with the research firm Beacon Economics.
 
"One of the problems is the sectors that are seeing the job growth, and are really leading us out of this recession are ones that, unfortunately, a lot of the folks in California who lost their jobs during the downturn, won't be able to take advantage of." 
 
…those job-growth sectors include science, healthcare and technology.
 
Levine says a skills mismatch is slowing California's job recovery.
 
The state's unemployment rate is expected to stay in double-digits through the end of next year.
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