Economy gains 2.5 million jobs as businesses begin to reopen

The Labor Department released a report on June 5 that for the month of May, nationally we have added 2.5 million jobs.

Posted: Jun 8, 2020 9:27 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 1:53 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Labor Department released a report on June 5 that for the month of May, the U.S. has added 2.5 million jobs. 

Chico has been one of the few cities where some restaurants and shops have brought back a majority of their staff, and some are even looking to hire new employees.

Sin of Cortez lost over 70% of its staff during the coronavirus shutdown, but recently the tides have shifted.

"When we first went into lockdown I had about 21 employees and I ended up down to about 12," said General Manager Danielle Isu. "We have never closed we've been to-go this entire time. Since then, I've rehired the majority of everyone back and added a couple of new hires. So right now we are at 19 employees."

The national unemployment rate decreased from 14.7% to 13.3%.

It's one of the highest jumps in history, and also a positive sign that things may return to normal soon.

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