Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Monday, July 9, 2012

California unemployment claims drop below 500,000 in May - Orange County Register

California unemployment claims drop below 500,000 in May - Orange County Register

California unemployment claims fell below 500,000 in May for the first time since February 2009, according to Employment Development Department numbers.

EDD staff processed 497,301 claims in May, 47,000 fewer than in May 2011 and 152,000 fewer than in May two years ago when the number of people on various extensions of unemployment was peaking.

Part of the decline was due to an improving job market — statewide employers added 33,900 workers in May, and the total number of laid-off workers fell to just under 2 million for the first time since April 2009. (Total unemployed is higher than claims processed because thousands of people are out of work who never were eligible for benefits or have since exhausted their aid.)

But the May numbers also reflect the first month that maximum unemployment benefits were cut from 99 weeks to 79 weeks.

The cutoff kicked in the week after May 12. EDD estimates 93,000 laid-off workers got dumped from the unemployment rolls when the reduction in maximum benefits took effect. All told, nearly 794,000 Californians have exhausted their unemployment aid since Congress first approved extended benefits in 2009.

Total payouts for unemployment have declined along with the number of benefits processed.

California paid out $1.3 billion in unemployment checks in May — about $57 million a day. That compares to $1.9 billion during the peak in May 2010 ($93 million a day.)

In May 2007, before the recession, the state paid out $439 million benefits for the entire month.

The payouts will have to drop a lot more to get California’s unemployment trust fund out of serious trouble. The fund is expected to be $10.3 billion in the hole by the end of next year.

California has been paying unemployment benefits for the last three years by borrowing from the federal government. The state now owes Uncle Sam $8.9 billion.

The state Legislative Analyst Office estimates California will have to pay the federal government $3 billion over the next 10 years just in interest payments on the borrowed funds.

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