California unemployment claims one-third of nation’s total
California created just 47,400 jobs in September, a persistent statistic that nudges Governor Gavin Newsom's topic of the state "roaring back" from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The California Department of Employment Development released its September job count on Friday, showing non-farm jobs in California's top 11 industries stood at 16,669,900 in September; a net increase of 47,400 jobs since August. The state has also revised the August data down to 94,700 monthly figures. The largest net gain was seen in the services sector, which created 23,300 jobs last month.
With an unemployment rate of 7.5%, California has the highest proportion of unemployed job seekers in the country, level with Nevada. The US rate was 4.8% in September.
Unemployment claims rose to 80,700 last week, which is a third of the country's total claims.
Newsom took on an optimistic tone despite the decline in job numbers
"Our economic recovery continues to make promising strides, with 812,000 new jobs this year and the reclamation of over 63 percent of the jobs we lost in the pandemic," he said in a press release. "As we continue to create average new jobs, our work is more important than ever in getting more Californians back to work and helping those hardest hit by the pandemic."
In the worst case scenario, California lost more than 2.7 million jobs to the pandemic-induced business closure in March and April 2020. Since then, the state has regained 1.7 million, or 63.5%.
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Original author: Cole Lauterbach, The Center Square
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