California's Troubled Trust Fund

In 2001, the state Legislature increased benefits without increasing taxes, which sent the trust fund falling. The state was still slowly recovering from a 2004-2005 economic downturn, entering 2008 with less than four months of reserves. Even as the state's borrowing surpasses $6 billion - by far the nation's highest - the Legislature and the governor have not been able to come to an agreement about how to stop the bleeding.

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  Bankrupt and Borrowing: California's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and California is borrowing from the federal government.

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Borrowed Amount Unemployment Rate (November) Net Income (December) Avg. Weekly Benefit % of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
$9,979.2m 12.4% $-523.1m $303.6 34.0%
National: 9% Rank: 51 of 51 Rank: 23 of 51 Rank: 34 of 51

Unemployment Reserves (millions)

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Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.