September Brought More Bad News for Jobs By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)
According to the latest report from the state Employment Development Department, California’s unemployment rate remained at 12.4% in September, a year-over-year decrease of 43,700 jobs since September 2009. Nationally, the unemployment rate fell to 9.2% last month, as 23 other states reported drops in their September unemployment rates, yet California is still struggling to get back on track.
Even worse, some of California’s largest job creators are expanding in other states. California headquartered Intel recently announced they are investing up to $8 billion in microchip manufacturing plants in Arizona and Oregon, creating up to 1,000 permanent high-tech jobs.
It is unfortunate that the Liberal majority in the Legislature refuses to acknowledge that California is losing jobs to other states because we have failed to address why businesses have no interest in growing here. I will continue fighting against the overregulation and poor business climate in California, and do everything I can to start creating the jobs we desperately need.
More Businesses Leaving California Shows Legislature Is Out of Touch By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
In just the last three weeks another 14 companies have moved jobs or whole operations out of California. This adds up to a total of 158 companies this year alone. Even worse, more than 1.3 million Californians have lost their jobs since 2007.
The companies that are leaving include: Beckman Coulter, a biomedical company in Brea, which is creating 95 new jobs in Indiana; Awesome Products, a manufacturer of cleaning products in Buena Park, which is spending $40 million dollars to expand its operations in Arkansas; and Fasst Company, which makes dirt bike parts and is moving their headquarters from Long Beach to Utah in order to save 25 to 30 percent on costs.
The decision of these companies to leave California is symbolic of a state government that is out of touch. California employers are burdened with over regulation, over taxation and over litigation. It’s time for lawmakers to take action to eliminate the barriers and burdens that are hurting families and driving jobs out of our state.