jobs http://kvpr.org en California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-holds-joint-fast-food-wages-hearing <div><p>California lawmakers are looking at the cost fast food jobs might pass on to state taxpayers. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, Wednesday’s hearing was based on a recent UC Berkeley Labor Center study.</p></div><p>The study estimates that more than half of full-time fast food workers rely on public assistance, which costs California taxpayers more than $700 million per year. The Center’s Ken Jacobs says the study contradicts a lot of assumptions about the average fast food worker.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:32:28 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 24512 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-californias-minimum-wage-passes-legislature <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would gradually increase the California minimum wage to $10-an-hour has passed the State legislature and is on its way to the governor. It would be the first increase in the minimum wage in six years.</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Bill Monning says if you’re a Californian subsisting on the current state minimum wage, you’re living a second class existence.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:34:32 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21544 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature California Adds 38,000 Jobs in July http://kvpr.org/post/california-adds-38000-jobs-july <p class="p1">The latest California employment numbers are out, and on the surface, July’s 38,000 job gain looks great.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, a troubling trend in today’s report calls that gain into question.</p><p class="p3">The 38,000 job increase is the state’s largest monthly gain this year.&nbsp; It’s also nearly a quarter of the nation’s total job growth in July.&nbsp; But citing a flawed seasonal adjustment in teacher jobs, the state is revising June’s 30,000 job gain down to 12,500, and May’s 17,000 increase down to 9,500.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:50:06 +0000 Ben Adler 20170 at http://kvpr.org California Adds 38,000 Jobs in July State to Lose Federal Jobless Benefits Next Month http://kvpr.org/post/state-lose-federal-jobless-benefits-next-month <p class="p1">California’s Employment Development Department says that come mid-August, an improving economy is expected to cost thousands of jobless workers the last 10 weeks of their federal unemployment benefits. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">California’s economic rebound means the federal government may soon cut-off assistance to the state’s long-term unemployed.</p><p class="p3">“We’re now nearing that point where we will no longer qualify for Tier 4 federal extension benefits," says&nbsp; Loree Levy with the state’s Employment Development Department.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:11:28 +0000 Max Pringle 18527 at http://kvpr.org State to Lose Federal Jobless Benefits Next Month California Economy Inches Up in World Ranking http://kvpr.org/post/california-economy-inches-world-ranking <p class="p1">There’s new evidence that California’s economic outlook is improving. A new study shows the state is regaining its place as the world’s eighth-largest economy this year after falling to ninth during the recent downturn.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:02:22 +0000 Captial Public Radio Network 18198 at http://kvpr.org California Economy Inches Up in World Ranking California Tied With Rhode Island For Highest Unemployment in Nation http://kvpr.org/post/california-tied-rhode-island-highest-unemployment-nation <p></p><div><p>California now has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the latest figures from the California Employment Development Department show no improvement in the state’s jobless rate for January.</p></div><p>California’s unemployment rate remained at 9.8 percent in January. That ties the state with Rhode Island for the highest unemployment rate in the country.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:29:40 +0000 Amy Quinton 12398 at http://kvpr.org California Tied With Rhode Island For Highest Unemployment in Nation Report: California Women Faring Worse than Men During Economic Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/report-california-women-faring-worse-men-during-economic-recovery <p></p><p>A new study finds women in California aren’t faring as well as men during the economic recovery.&nbsp; The analysis was done by The California Budget Project and the Women’s Foundation of California.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It finds employment among the state’s women declined by a little less than one percent over the past two years – while it was increased nearly two percent among men.</p><p>Chris Hoene with the Budget Project says cuts to programs such as CalWorks, the state’s welfare to work program, and cuts to state subsidized child care have largely affected women:</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:59:47 +0000 Joe Moore 12397 at http://kvpr.org Report: California Women Faring Worse than Men During Economic Recovery For Many Seniors Working Well Beyond 65 Is New Reality http://kvpr.org/post/many-seniors-working-well-beyond-65-new-reality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world for the retiree is evolving. For some retirement means a chance to globe-trot or travel across the country in an RV, but for many 65 is just another milestone, a reminder of poor financial decisions earlier in life or a chance to explore a second career.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Ezra David Romero 11706 at http://kvpr.org For Many Seniors Working Well Beyond 65 Is New Reality New Study Says California Temp Workers More Likely To Be Poor http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-says-california-temp-workers-more-likely-be-poor <p>A new UC Berkeley study says temporary workers in California are more likely to live in poverty than their co-workers.</p><p>Miranda Dietz is with the university’s Center for Labor Research and Education. She says “temps” hired through staffing agencies to work in data entry, nursing, accounting and other jobs, earn an average of 18 percent less per hour than their co-workers.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:13:32 +0000 Steve Milne 3132 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Immunization Law; Shrinking Middle Class; Learn2Earn http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-immunization-law-shrinking-middle-class-learn2earn <p>This week on Valley Edition, we revisit the issue of the state's efforts to replace the former Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) program with the new Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) program. Advocates for those with severe disabilities say the new program is turning away many who should qualify, but the state disagrees. Lauren Whaley brings us a <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/whos-eligible-state-advocates-grapple-over-which-elderly-qualify-adhc-replacement-">special report</a> from Sacramento.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:43:59 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 3034 at http://kvpr.org Report: State Unemployment Will Fall Below 10 Percent In Mid 2013 http://kvpr.org/post/report-state-unemployment-will-fall-below-10-percent-mid-2013 <p>An economic forecast out today says California’s unemployment rate will drop to single digits this time next year – sooner than originally predicted.&nbsp;Right now, California’s jobless rate is 10.7%. It peaked at 12.5% in 2010. The rate’s been inching down ever since.</p><p>Economist Jeff Michael is with the Business Forecasting Center at University of the Pacific in Stockton.&nbsp;“We see [the] unemployment rate going into single digits in mid-2013 and in the past we’ve been saying the end of 2013.”</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:45:05 +0000 Steve Milne 2663 at http://kvpr.org Training Program Props Up New Nurses in Tough Job Market http://kvpr.org/post/training-program-props-new-nurses-tough-job-market <p>Nursing has a reputation for being a well-paid, stable profession with lots of opportunity. But in the current economy, many nursing school graduates may send out dozens of job applications and get no interviews. Pauline Bartolone visited one Sacramento area program that is hiring new nurses, and hopes to keep them.</p><p>A few dozen nurses are packed into this room at Sutter medical center in Roseville to practice a scenario none of them looks forward to.&nbsp;A patient’s heart has stopped beating, and a loved one is hysterical. The nurses job is to bring life back to the patient.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:10:46 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 2639 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Leads Nation in Employment Gains http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-leads-nation-employment-gains <p>Employment in California&rsquo;s largest counties rose between December of 2010 and December of 2011, but paychecks got smaller in most large counties. 24 of the 26 large counties in California saw employment increase.&nbsp;The US Bureau of Labor Statistics defines large counties as those with employment of 75,000 or more.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 23:45:36 +0000 Amy Quinton 1793 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Leads Nation in Employment Gains California Bill Would Give Unemployed Teachers Benefits While Training http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-give-unemployed-teachers-benefits-while-training <p>Out-of-work teachers in California would be able to collect unemployment benefits while training in high demand subject areas under a bill lawmakers are considering. The bill&rsquo;s author says it&rsquo;s designed to help the nearly 20-thousand unemployed teachers.</p><p>Democratic Senator Noreen Evans authored the bill that she says would help unemployed teachers who want to get credentialed in science, math or special education. Under current law, if out-of-work teachers want that training, they lose their benefits. Evans says that&rsquo;s not fair.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 23:19:35 +0000 Amy Quinton 1548 at http://kvpr.org Summer Jobs Hard to Find for Valley Youth http://kvpr.org/post/summer-jobs-hard-find-valley-youth It used to be a rite of passage for teens, getting a summer job at a fast food restaurant or the mall. But with an economy that continues to struggle, the state's teen unemployment rate is around 36 percent. But there are several new programs that aim to help teens get a taste of life in the workforce, and local companies that are working with non-profits and the government on this issue. Juanita Stevenson reports on how a summer job changed one teen's life. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:51:37 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 708 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Jobs for Vets; Community Gardens http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-jobs-vets-community-gardens <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about programs that aim to give Valley veterans who are returning from combat a leg up in the job market. We talk with a group from Fresno that is trying to turn around troubled neighborhoods, in part through community gardens. And we&#39;ll also talk with the CEO of the new Downtown Fresno Partnership, which is encouraging Fresno residents to jump off the city&#39;s tallest landmark, for a good cause.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for May 22, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 20:40:19 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1141 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Learn2Earn; Parks; Fresno Film Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-learn2earn-parks-fresno-film-festival-0 <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the new program called Learn2Earn, the future of parks programs in the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield in an era of tight budgets, and learn about the upcoming Fresno Film Festival.</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for April 24, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:06:03 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1147 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno Animal Shelter; Boomerang Project http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-animal-shelter-boomerang-project <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about how the City of Fresno plans to move ahead with providing animal control services after the surprise announcement by the Central California SPCA that they are abandoning their contract with the city and county later this year. We&#39;ll also learn more about a new project from Creative Fresno which aims to lure talented and successful creative professionals back to their hometown.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:30:06 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1149 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Worst Place to Find a Job; UC Merced; Storytellers Project http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-worst-place-find-job-uc-merced-storytellers-project <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about whether the Valley is the worst place in the US to find a job, as US News and World Report claims in a new article. We talk with UC Merced&#39;s new chancellor about the efforts at the campus to boost the region&#39;s economy. And we close the program with a report about a theater project in Sanger that aims to bring people together over the topic of hunger, in a land of agricultural abundance.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:28:17 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1157 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: High Speed Rail Jobs; Reforming California http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-high-speed-rail-jobs-reforming-california <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the job creation potential of California&#39;s planned high speed rail system with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. We also learn about plans to train the Valley&#39;s workforce to be ready for the hundreds of construction jobs that the project will create. Also on this week&#39;s program we look at the 100th anniversary of California&#39;s revolutionary experiment with direct democracy by looking ahead to the next century of reforms.</p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 23:22:46 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1198 at http://kvpr.org