New virus rules threaten California's October job gains

California has now recovered 44% of the more than 2.6 million jobs it lost in the spring.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 2:18 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's unemployment rate has dipped below 10% for the first time since March.

A new report from the state Employment Development Department shows California added 145,500 jobs in October as the state's unemployment rate fell to 9.3%. California has now recovered 44% of the more than 2.6 million jobs it lost in the spring.

The state leisure and hospitality industry added 66,000 jobs. But those gains could be short lived as a surge of cases has already prompted new restrictions on businesses.

California has ordered most restaurants to halt indoor dining and imposed a 10 p.m. curfew in most areas that begins Saturday.

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