There’s been a spate of job losses for San Diegans employed in the real estate sector, as we’ve been talking about lately. Karen Turk is one, the woman we interviewed for this story the other day.

When we chatted, Turk mentioned the fact that she’s not looked for a new job for a couple of decades — even when she’d move from escrow company to escrow company, she was recruited based on her experience and her contacts. The last time she was in the job-seekers pool, she didn’t have to type her resume and upload it to online job search engines. And so Turk went to a Workforce Partnership-affiliated career center in North County to spruce up her resume and take some computer classes.

It’s that kind of retooling the laid-off mortgage workers are looking for, Turk said. As I mentioned in the story, the local Workforce Partnership just received a portion of a grant to help with that effort for some of those displaced workers. I heard today from Pat Joyce at the state Employment Development Department, the state agency administering this $5.5 million National Emergency Grant, with a breakdown on how San Diego’s allotment of $208,715 compares to other places in the state.

Here’s what I heard back:

Alameda $83,697

Anaheim $96,871

Contra Costa $103,329

Los Angeles City $516,645

Los Angeles County $348,735

Orange County $645,806

Riverside 14,208

Santa Ana $77,497

Sonoma $55,306

Stanislaus $20,752

Verdugo (based in Glendale) $38,748

And there’s the possibility of receiving more, Joyce said:

Each area submitted reports to EDD on mortgage job losses in their areas. EDD used that information to determine how much money would go to each area. Each area will be eligible to receive additional funding once it has spent 70% of its original funding. That’s a U.S. Department of Labor rule apparently based on the idea that this shows there is a real need being met.


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