COVID jobs recovery: California rebound is among nation’s worst

By George Avalos

September 10, 2021

California is mired near the bottom of the nation in recovering from mammoth job losses unleashed by coronavirus-linked business shutdowns, underscoring the feeble economic rebound for the state.

Through the end of July, California had recovered slightly more than 58% of the 2.71 million jobs it lost during March and April of 2020, leaving a deficit of 1.13 million jobs. California is ranked in the bottom 10 of the 50 states, according to this news organization’s analysis of official federal statistics.

“The fact that California places 41st out of 50 states in this pandemic jobs recovery is certainly not a ringing endorsement of California’s competitiveness,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist with Bank of the West. “The state faces a number of long-term economic growth challenges that the pandemic has exposed or accelerated.”


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