Impact of Trade-Related Job Losses on Women Workers

Posted on September 1st, 2009 — in Children and Families :: Economy and Business :: Employment

Over the past several decades, international trade and increased foreign competition has led to widespread job losses in American manufacturing. The general perception is that these losses have primarily affected jobs and industries that are traditionally male, such as auto manufacturing. Researchers from Dēmos, however, point out that women workers in the US have been significantly impacted by trade-related job losses. Female-intensive industries, such as textiles and apparel, have faced the highest levels of import competition over the past decade and, as a result, have had high levels of job displacement. The situation is compounded by the finding that many manufacturing jobs pay much better than other jobs available to non-college-educated women workers, so laid-off women are likely to find their earning power lowered, perhaps permanently.
Given these conditions, the authors argue for a governmental policy that emphasizes training, professionalizing the jobs that are likely to stay within the country, and a commitment to supporting families during periods of job transition.

Welfare and Work Participation

Posted on May 4th, 2009 — in Children and Families :: Employment :: Social Policy

Federal welfare funding in California is dependent on a percentage of adult welfare recipients being employed at least part-time or engaged in “work-related activities.” A work participation rate under 50% can result in a loss of federal funding. Recent statistics indicate California falls far short of that rate. In this report, PPIC examines the potential effects of proposed policy changes (increasing the severity of sanction and time-limit policies) to improve this rate.

Bay Area Economic Forecasts

Posted on December 19th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment

The Bay Area Economic Institute compares the current recession with the bubble burst of 2001, and makes projections for regional impact. The overall unemployment rate in the region will rise from the 4 percent level it hit in 2006 to over 7 percent, on par with the peak hit in 2003 and 1992. The overall increase is smaller than in the 2001 downturn—but this is largely due to the fact that the area’s economy is not dramatically overheated at the moment. The good news is that in 2010, the economy that emerges from the downturn will be much more competitive. The general drop in land prices will take much of the strain off local businesses that compete in the global marketplace, not only from an overall cost perspective, but also in their ability to attract the best workers from around the world. The Bay Area continues to have one of the brightest futures of any economy in the United States.

Women in Business

Posted on December 19th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment

2008 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders [UC Davis Graduate School of Management]

Women constitute only a small minority—just over 10%—of directors and top executives at the 400 largest public companies in California. Several studies have shown that having more women in the boardroom and executive suite makes a difference in corporate governance and company performance. UC Davis’s 2008 survey shows the proportion of women on the board of directors and top management teams did increase slightly since 2007.

Growing an Educated Workforce

Posted on December 18th, 2008 — in Demographics :: Economy and Business :: Education :: Employment

Will there be enough college graduates to meet the needs of California’s future economy? The Public Policy Institute of California offers evidence of the future workforce skills gap and discusses the causes, magnitude, and likely consequences of the gap.

Bay Area Benefits of High-Speed Rail

Posted on November 12th, 2008 — in Ballot Measures :: Economy and Business :: Employment :: Growth, Development & Infrastructure :: Resources and Environment :: Transportation

With the recent passage of Proposition 1A clearing the way for the construction of a high-speed rail line linking San Francisco and Los Angeles , a report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute explores quality-of-life benefits to Bay Area residents in four categories: business and job creation; mobility; urban development; and climate change.

Economic Futures

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment :: Resources and Environment :: Technology

The Innovation Driven Economic Development Model [Bay Area Council Economic Institute]

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California [Center for Energy, Resources, and Economic Sustainability; Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; UC Berkeley]

Building San Francisco’s Cleantech Economy: Analysis and Strategy Options [San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association]

Does the economy look greener on the other side of innovation? Three reports examine the dynamics of policy and resources. The Innovation Driven Economic Development Model is based on the new realities of globalization and the changing nature of the innovation process. Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California looks at the long term impact of energy efficiency on economic growth. And the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Association zooms in on local economic greening in Building San Francisco’s Cleantech Economy: Analysis and Strategy Options.

New Unemployment Figures at Highest Level Since June 1996

Posted on August 15th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment

The latest preliminary figures from the Employment Development Department show the state unemployment level in July at 7.3%, which is the highest it’s been since June 1996, when the figure was 7.4%. A year ago, in July 2007, the unemployment rate was 5.4%. Breakdowns by county are available here.

For historical data (in Excel format) of California unemployment rates and other data, including numbers of people in the civilian work force, and seasonally adjusted employment numbers and percentages going back to January 1990, click here. Historical data back to January 1976 are available in a separate spreadsheet.

California Unemployment Rate Now Third-Highest in Nation

Posted on April 18th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment :: State of the State

New figures from the Employment Development Department show that the unemployment rate in California jumped to 6.2% in March, the highest rate since July 2004, when the rate was at the same mark. California is now only behind Michigan (7.2%) and Alaska (6.7%) in unemployment. Counties with high numbers of jobs in housing-related employment appear to have been hit hardest, with Riverside County the worst affected (7.4% unemployment).

State Unemployment Rate Fell Slightly in February

Posted on March 21st, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment

According to the latest figures from the Employment Development Department, the state unemployment rate fell to 5.7% in February, down from 5.9% in January but still up from 5% in February 2007. According to economists, the drop is positive, but statistically (and probably economically) insignificant.

As has been the trend in this economic downturn, the interior counties continue to be hit much harder than the coastal counties. The highest unemployment rate in the state was in Colusa County, at 18.9%. In second and third place were Imperial and Trinity, with 15.9% and 14.6%. Merced and Plumas were fourth and fifth. The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Marin (3.9%), Mono (4.3%), and Orange (4.3%), with Sonoma and San Francisco close behind.