Politicians will tout California’s 5% unemployment rates, but the way they put that number together leaves out a tremendous amount of people who are out of work and haven’t been able to find a job.
According to the California Legislative Analyst, from data used from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state Department of Employment, here are the true California numbers:
There are approximately 2.9 million Californians who are unemployed, underemployed or wanting a jobs but not looking for one. That means that there are 15 percent of the state’s 20 million potential workers (people over 16 years of age. 5 or 10 year old kids don’t count), who are unemployed or underemployed.