California’s unemployment rate increases

December showed that many Americans are still having trouble finding work, as California's unemployment rate rose to 12.5 percent during the month, according to a report by the Employment Development Department of California. In comparison, the state's unemployment rate was 12.3 percent during December 2009.

The rough state of the economy and the high national unemployment rate of 9 percent have caused many individuals to prepare diligently for each job interview they get. Oftentimes, employers will check your credit report, especially if you will be using a business credit card or dealing with clients' personal finances. So, many wise consumers will review their credit report before applying for a job.

A positive credit report can sometimes make the difference between getting hired and not hearing back from an employer. If you see any negative marks on your report, such as late payments on loans or inquiries, you have the right to investigate or dispute these blemishes. Having a clean credit report can boost your chances of landing the job you want.

Many consumers have found visiting a credit repair company helpful in removing the black marks. So, before walking into your next interview, make sure your report is as spotless as possible. A clean credit report can help make a lasting impression.