California has often claimed leadership on many big issues and movements. It’s time for policymakers to claim leadership where it matters most — growing our job base. A 12.4% unemployment rate, a $20 billion state deficit, a manufacturing sector that lost more than 607,000 jobs since the decline started, and a negative 5.97 public-to-private sector job ratio since 2001 leaves California in a stranglehold of deterioration.
Both parties introduced jobs packages in the last 24 hours that indicate the Legislature is now focused on leading us out of this mess with a policy environment that at least thinks of job impacts first. Up until now, the employer, employee and unemployed communities in California were left wondering why California leads on everything but jobs and our economy.