Calif. Unemployment Hits Record 11.2%

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 12:51 PM CDT
Hundreds jam a hallway waiting to enter the National Career Fairs job fair event in search of employment at a hotel in San Francisco.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The unemployment rate in California rose to 11.2% in March, the Los Angeles Times reports today. A loss of 62,100 jobs puts the state at the highest jobless level since 1976, when recording started. It trails only Michigan (12.6%), Oregon (12.1%), and South Carolina (11.4%). California has lost 637,400 jobs in the past 12 months, and its jobless rate far exceeds the national average of 8.5%.