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Coronavirus impact on unemployment rate and jobs

The coronavirus put millions of people out of work, impacting the unemployment rate and setting new trends.

Posted: May 16, 2020 6:47 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.- The coronavirus put millions of people out of work, impacting the unemployment rate and setting new trends.


According to the California Employment Development Department or EDD, the department reports the March unemployment rate in Shasta County was just under 7%. The number is up almost one and a half percent compared to the month of February.


Action News Now spoke to a local employment agency headquartered in Redding.


Regional director for O2 Employment Services, Michelle Nystrom tells Action News Now there are jobs out there, a lot of them in high demand such as clerical, book-keeping, and manufacturing jobs, to name a few.


“At O2 employment services right now, we have a lot of open jobs,” says Nystrom. “We’re seeing new ones come in everyday, we’re filling new jobs every day."


She says a lot of people are starting to rehire for the positions that were temporarily put on hold because of the coronavirus.


“A lot of people starting to rehire for the positions that they kind of put on hold on previously because their offices were closed down or they were working reduced hours,” says Nystrom.


The agency says it’s slowly starting to see a spike in businesses looking to hire. O2 Employment Services provides resources for both employers and job seekers as well as other services like drug-screening and background checks.

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