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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Cases: 3074812

Reported Deaths: 35060
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Orange2165092508
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Kern87240572
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Merced24570316
Sonoma24184242
Kings19588148
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Madera13528151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10789138
Shasta9750123
Butte9528128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa767244
Lassen519916
San Benito500346
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323474
Mendocino319232
Amador302431
Lake262531
Humboldt242725
Glenn194820
Colusa17969
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