Unemployment Rate Dips In LA County, But Remains Elevated | KFI AM 640

Joanna Estrada
October 17, 2020

The state's leisure and hospitality sector is still down almost 580,000 jobs from a year ago, by far the largest year-over-year loss.

Growth between this August and September in the Sacramento region came primarily from state and local government (about 4,100 jobs) and health care and social assistance (1,600 jobs). All other economic sectors saw no change between August and September.

All told, seven of the 11 industry sectors improved in September, dropping the jobless rate to 11%, the California Employment Development Department reported. About half of that is in regular state-provide benefits, which are now more than double what the state paid in the three worst years of the Great Recession combined.

There were 182,900 Solano County residents who were employed, while 19,700 were seeking unemployment benefits. Counties more dependent upon sectors that were highly subject to state-mandated restrictions, like restaurants and hotels within the tourism and hospitality industry, have been hit harder.

The leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs, after experiencing the largest month-to-month loss in August, as restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses benefitted from the state's easing of restrictions created to slow the virus' spread.

California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April, state officials said Friday. The sector had seen the largest month-over-month loss in August.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11% in September, down from 11.2% in August, but well above the 3.9% rate from September 2019.

Key within that new reopening framework is the ability for counties to let restaurants reopen for indoor dining, with a 25% capacity limit, after being promoted one level from the most-restrictive purple tier, denoting "widespread" COVID-19 activity, to the red one ("substantial").

Fresno County: Out of an available labor force of 442,500 people, 45,900 were out work, an unemployment rate of 10.4%. The unemployment rate was 8.5% in February and 16.9% in April. Unemployment rates typically only count people who are actively looking for work, so these people may not be factored into economic recovery data. The rate was 9.8% in February and 17.0% in April.

Right below Solano County in the Bay Area were Alameda and Contra Costa counties, each with an unemployment rate of 9.3%.

Tulare County: From a labor force of 190,600 people, 23,300 were out of work, an unemployment rate of 12.2%. The rate was 8.0% in February and 16.7% in April. The rate was 11.5% in February and 19.3% in April.

Abbie Lauten-Scrivner is a reporter for the Merced Sun-Star. Abbie has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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