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California's jobless rate hits 15.5% in April, 2.M jobs gone

California’s unemployment rate soared to 15.5% in April as the nation’s most populous state lost 2.3 million jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered most businesses.

Posted: May 22, 2020 8:46 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate soared to 15.5% in April.

The nation's most populous state lost 2.3 million jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered most businesses and put millions of people out of work.

The unemployment rate increased 10.2 percentage points since March.

It's the largest one month increase since 1976 when the state began using its current formula to measure job losses. And it's higher than the 12.5% unemployment rate the state reached during the Great Recession a decade ago.

The numbers reflect survey results from the week of April 12. The numbers are likely far higher now.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3074812

Reported Deaths: 35060
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103873814416
San Bernardino2569141560
Riverside2510002676
San Diego2185552174
Orange2165092508
Santa Clara949051129
Kern87240572
Fresno83200968
Sacramento811831128
Alameda68649788
Ventura62774462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43121766
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo32887309
San Francisco29502266
Solano25983107
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25333474
Merced24570316
Sonoma24184242
Kings19588148
Placer17490184
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13528151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10789138
Shasta9750123
Butte9528128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa767244
Lassen519916
San Benito500346
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323474
Mendocino319232
Amador302431
Lake262531
Humboldt242725
Glenn194820
Colusa17969
Calaveras162123
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
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Alpine730
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