COVID economy: California unemployment claims rocket higher

Unemployment claims in California rocketed to their highest level in three months, topping 145,000 filings last week, the government reported Thursday, marking a grim setback for the battered job market statewide.

California workers filed 145,400 initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended on April 3, an increase of 39,000 from the 106,400 jobless claims workers filed the prior week, the U.S. Labor Department said.

Nationwide, jobless claims totaled 744,000 during the week ending on April 3, up 16,000 from the week before, according to the Labor Department report.

California now accounts for 19.6% — about one out of every five — of the jobless claims being filed in the entire United States, this news organization’s analysis of the Labor Department report shows.

The current weekly claims totals in California are the highest they have been since the week ending Jan. 9, when workers filed 182,600 initial jobless claims.

 

 

 

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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