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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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 302484

Reported Deaths: 6859
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1249923690
Riverside23334533
Orange21517402
San Diego18402415
San Bernardino17414304
Imperial7654127
Fresno762787
Alameda7407146
San Joaquin606567
Kern597989
Santa Clara5678166
Tulare5509148
Sacramento493278
Stanislaus436450
Contra Costa435788
San Francisco414550
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3787111
Marin322730
Kings285539
Monterey234317
Solano198527
Merced179312
Sonoma151914
Placer99311
San Luis Obispo8774
Madera8578
Yolo80228
Santa Cruz5063
Napa4664
Sutter3374
Butte3194
San Benito3112
El Dorado2920
Lassen2690
Shasta1766
Yuba1633
Humboldt1614
Glenn1590
Nevada1591
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Lake1011
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Tuolumne600
Del Norte580
Mono491
Amador360
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
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