More than 2.3 million people, including a large number of Hispanics, lost their job during April in California when the state registered an unemployment rate of 15.5% that affected all the main industrial sectors of the state, according to official data published this Friday.
The blow of the coronavirus The unemployment rate shot up in the economy of the country’s most populous state, which barely in March was 5.5%, surpassing in April the peak of 12.3% which was registered in 2010 during the global recession.
As expected, companies dedicated to tourism and recreation were the most affected, losing more than 900,000 jobs. As restaurants, food services, and night bars continued to fire their workers.
The unemployment outlook is more worrying in Los Angeles County, the area most affected by the virus outbreak in the state. Unemployment in this area of the state climbed to 20.3% in April, leaving approximately one in five Los Angeles workers jobless.
From the workforce of 4.7 million in Los Angeles, 968,400 workers are unemployed.
The grim report published this Friday by the California Department of Employment Development warns that this is the worst unemployment scenario since 1976.
So far, the coronavirus has killed more than 2,000 people and infected more than 43,000 people.
COVID-19 Daily Update:
May 22, 2020
Cases: 1,072 (43,052 total)
Deaths: 35 (2,049 total) pic.twitter.com/mfusNFsfWc
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) May 22, 2020