State unemployment rate sees slight decrease, Chico businesses still hiring

New numbers released today represent a staggering job loss not seen since the great depression.

Posted: Jun 19, 2020 8:02 PM

CHICO, Calif. - New numbers released June 19 represent a staggering job loss not seen since The Great Depression.

The unemployment rate in May was at 16.3% -- slightly lower than the previous month. April's rate was 16.4%.

California has lost more than 2.2 million jobs since May of last year, more than any other state.

"In customer service as a job I had to interact with people," said Melissa Zamora, a former customer service specialist. "But because of the pandemic I obviously had to cut down on the interaction which means cut down on sales and cut down financially. For the beginning of this pandemic, I was very stressed because I couldn't make it work. I was living off of my savings."

California has reportedly exhausted $30-billion dollars to aid people on unemployment during the pandemic.

"Unemployment is a help but it's not as much as I was making," said Zamora.

RELATED: More Economic Gloom: California Jobless Rate Hits 16.3%

In Chico, however, business owners tell Action News Now they've hired back most of their workforce.

"We ensured everyone that their job was available for when they did return," said Elyse Kierig, Co-Owner of For Elyse. "We offered everyone's job back. We did lose a few girls because they were college students."

In some cases, they've even hired back more people then they had originally.

"We had 40 employees when we shut down and now we're up to 42. We've actually hired, so we're doing great," said Jeff Plummer, owner of Upper Crust Bakery.

Experts say with June seeing the beginning of some states entering phase three. The unemployment rate could see a decrease in the next report.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 783313

Reported Deaths: 15018
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