Record-low percentage of employed Californians; women hit hardest 

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WHAT: Only 55.4 percent of working-age Californians had a job in July, down from 56.2 percent a year earlier and the lowest level since 1976. The state has 12 percent unemployment, compared with 9.1 percent nationwide.

HOW: The state lost 1.4 million jobs during the recession that began in 2008 and has only regained 226,800, said the California Budget Project. A large portion of job losses were in local government, health care, retail and financial services.

WHO: Women are particularly hard-hit. They make up half the workforce but have gained just one of every 10 jobs added. When businesses cut costs, the first layoffs are often administrative support positions where women are concentrated.

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