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Unemployed? Underemployed? Recently hired? We'd like to talk

The state on Friday will release its monthly jobs report showing whether the unemployment rate rose or fell in May. The monthly data release will also show which sectors added or shed jobs last month.

Ahead of Friday’s news, our team of economy reporters is soliciting anecdotes of your job search. We'd like to get your perspective on the state of the labor market, and we’re looking for all types of Californians, including:

-- Those recently laid off from jobs.

-- Those who have recently found jobs in faster-growing industries such as technology or leisure and hospitality.

-- Those who have recently been hired in the construction sector.

-- People working low-wage jobs after being displaced from middle-class careers they held before the recession.

-- Long-term unemployed, meaning those unemployed longer than 27 weeks.

-- Those receiving unemployment benefits or those who saw benefits slashed as a result of federal budget cuts.

-- New job seekers entering the labor market.

If you are interested, send us an email with your name, your phone number, and time to call, and you could be featured in our stories this week or in future economy-related stories.

Your information will not be shared with any third party and will be used strictly to get in touch with you for a news story.

Email Ricardo Lopez at or Shan Li at


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