California¿s unemployment rate averaged 12.4% in 2010. In July, there were 2.2 million unemployed in the state, and unemployment was at 12%. One-third of the unemployed ¿ about 727,000 people ¿ have been out of work for a year or more, and many have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Above, job seekers talk with recruiters during a job fair last month in San Jose. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images / September 14, 2011)
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