As the supply of jobs dries up, those on the demand side are facing increased competition for what's left.
More Californians are out of work from just a month ago, around 95,000 more of them.
According to new numbers released Friday by the state's Employment Development Department, California's unemployment rate jumped to 8.2% in October. That's up from 7.7% in September.
The jump is even bigger compared to a year ago, when the state unemployment rate was at 5.7 percent.
This translates to 1.5 million Californians now unemployed, 487,000 more than a year ago.
In San Diego County, the unemployment rate stands at 6.8%. Imperial County has the state's worst unemployment rate at 27.6%. Riverside County has a 10% unemployment rate and Orange County has a 6% unemployment rate.
The national unemployment rate also rose in October to 6.5%.