California Jobs First

California's Jobs Problem

Facts and Figures

  • California's unemployment rate is 8 percent (1.5 million Californians unemployed) as of February 2013, which is considerably higher than the national rate of 6.7%. The state's unemployment rate is one of the worst in the nation.
  • For the ninth year in a row, CEO's rated California as the worst state to do business in Chief Executive magazine.
  • According to CNBC's "America's Top States for Business 2013," California ranked dead last among the 50 states for the cost of doing business and 48th for business friendliness.
  • According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation's "2014 State Business Tax Climate Index," California's tax system ranks 48th out of 50 states for being business-friendly.
  • According to Forbes in December 2012, California ranked 41st among the 50 states for "The Best States for Business and Careers" and 43rd for having the lowest business costs.
  • California has 14 of the nation's 20 most economically stressed counties (unemployment, foreclosure, and bankruptcy), by far the most of any state according to the Associated Press. Click here to view a county-by-county comparison.
  • The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council in December 2012 rated California as having the worst policy environment for small business and entrepreneurship.
  • According to the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, California has lost 33% of its industrial base (624,000 jobs) from January 2001 to December 2011.

California's Tax Problem

California's Lawsuit Problem

  • California has the nation's fourth-worst lawsuit climate (47th of 50), making it a less attractive place for job-creating investment according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual study.