Hard times fall on America's Golden StateIt has long been known as the "Golden State" but these days, California's shine has all but disappeared.
However, that "dream" is turning into a nightmare for some.
If it were an independent country, it would be the eighth-largest economy on earth.
But as the global economic crisis continues to take its toll, 12.2 per cent are now unemployed - up from 7.8 per cent a year ago.
Just in the past year, more than 700,000 workers have lost their jobs.
And the number of children in California, living below the poverty line, also continues to grow.Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports.
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