California Employers Indicate a Jobless Recovery is on Horizon

Employers Group (EG) completed an organization-wide survey for the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), a Los Angeles County based business alliance. This survey underscores EG’s continued advocacy efforts on the local, state, and national level. Highlights of the survey reveal that Southern California will continue to lag far behind the rest of the nation’s economy in coming out of this recession, and other notable survey findings reveal that the city government continues to be a barrier for business to thrive.

BizFed is comprised of 72 organizations, representing over 150,000 southern California businesses, participated in the survey, released in October. Employers Group compiled the feedback and articulated their findings:

• Only 44 percent of businesses surveyed felt that the outlook for 2010 was going to be better than their experience in 2009.
• A third of all survey respondents indicated that they still anticipate additional layoffs for 2010.
• Bureaucratic delays, high permitting fees and increased local business taxes are suffocating small business at a time when innovation and business friendly initiatives are much needed.
• With respect to federal stimulus, nearly 9 out of 10 businesses indicated that the federal stimulus initiative has passed them by.
• Less than 10 percent of business surveyed indicated that stimulus was a positive initiative for their business.

Based on the results Employers Group received, business performance and outlook may improve, but the number of jobs will actually decline. Further, EG anticipates that double digit unemployment will persist throughout 2010 and possibly, well into 2011.

The BizPoll 2009 represents the third year that EG has compiled a business point of view on challenges that extend beyond the human resources arena. Specific topics surveyed include transportation, access to credit, local/city government, business outlook, workers’ compensation, access to water and conservation, federal stimulus, health insurance reform, and public pension reform.

About Employers Group
Employers Group, a California-based human resources expert and advocate, serves employers nationwide by delivering human resources solutions to its members. Originally founded in Los Angeles as the Merchant’s and Manufacturers Association in 1896, the organization has moved from serving the interests of just California employers to helping companies across the globe mitigate risk, cut costs, and advocate for employer rights. Employers Group provides a member helpline with day-to-day guidance about employment laws and regulations, professional development, consulting projects, and compensation and workplace trends surveys. It is the “voice” for businesses in both the judicial system the California Legislature and Congress, advocating for employers every step of the way; thus, thousands of employers have come to rely on Employers Group for “everything HR,” freeing them to do what they do best to grow their
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