July 22, 2011
Employers in California added 28,800 jobs to payrolls in June, a surprisingly positive number amid a weak labor market nationally. The state's unemployment rate rose slightly, to 11.8%, from 11.7% the month before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday morning. Click for a state-by-state map of unemployment rates California had lost 29,200 jobs in May, due in part to manufacturing sluggishness from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The addition of jobs this month, though a surprise, is one more sign of the fickle nature of this economic recovery, economists say. L.A. TIMES
August 25, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed an advisor, Michael Rossi, to the board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Wednesday. Rossi is Brown's senior advisor for jobs and business development and had a long banking and finance career prior to joining his Democratic administration. Rossi was placed in the position held until Wednesday by David Crane, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and who also serves on the UC Board of Regents. L.A. NOW RELATED: California gets federal high-speed rail funds
December 31, 2011
School principals are being forced to assume additional managerial responsibilities - even some they may not be sufficiently prepared for - amid ongoing cuts to state education budgets, according to a recently released report. A survey of 600 principals in California conducted by the San Francisco-based nonprofit WestEd found that they are taking on tasks such as fundraising, managing school facilities and site budgets without appropriate training or mentors. State funding cuts also have reduced the number of support staff, such as assistant principals and instructional coaches, who have historically taken on those peripheral jobs, according to the report.
November 16, 2012
The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed. Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. During the same period, L.A.'s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%. (The figures exclude employment in the music and post-production industries.)
January 25, 2000
Robert Shaffer DOWNTOWN -- Nestle USA will cut 64 Glendale jobs in what the company calls a restructuring effort to stay competitive. The layoffs are a piece of the 1% total work force reduction that will eliminate 225 of 19,500 jobs in the company nationwide. It is part of an overall reorganization of the company. The company's national headquarters are located in Glendale. Some layoffs are immediate and some will happen in the future, said Kimberly Constant, a company spokeswoman.
March 28, 2001
Alecia Foster BURBANK -- Stating it might be "the most difficult series of decisions that the company has made in the last 20 years," the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it will cut about 4,000 jobs worldwide. Citing a "softening economic environment" the company notified employees via e-mail that cuts would begin within the next week. "We hope to have this accomplished sometime before July," said Ken Green, spokesman for the Walt Disney Co. The cuts will be made equally throughout all levels of the company, which employs 120,000 people worldwide, Green said.
December 9, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum As the Glendale City Council placed 20 minor amendments to the city's charter on a citywide ballot for voter approval, Mayor Bob Yousefian opened the door for a major charter change. Yousefian said that council members put in enough hours to qualify for a full-time job, and that he would support a measure to appropriately compensate council members. He said such a measure would need to come from the city's residents, but he would try to place it on the ballot if residents collected about 4,000 signatures.
January 21, 2010
The entertainment industry’s difficulties in 2009 were capped off with an annual decline in employment of about 9,000 jobs as productions continued to be filmed in other states, raising concern about the future of the industry in the region, according to a report released Thursday. Still, good news for area economies could be on the horizon as new opportunities for local productions are expected to create up to 3,000 jobs in the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, which issued the report.
February 28, 2009
As dawn broke over Sacramento early Thursday morning, the State Legislature wrapped up a marathon session that finally put to bed a two-year spending plan that will bridge the state’s unprecedented $42-billion deficit caused by the global fiscal crisis. The Democrats in the Legislature, along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a handful of courageous Republican lawmakers, put together a budget compromise that begins to lay the foundation for getting California working again. Much about the budget plan was difficult to support and undoubtedly will cause significant pain to many Californians.
August 1, 2007
Montrose resident Don France is no stranger to the working world. The 83-year-old began working when he was 14 and didn't retire until he was in his late 70s, he said. France's first position was a custodial job at a combination tavern, service station and grocery store. When he moved to California from Oregon after World War II, France worked many different jobs. At various times he was a newspaperman, a taxi cab driver, an ambulance driver, a salesman and restaurant manager.