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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.

Cases: 3582320

Reported Deaths: 53083
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119601721676
Riverside2904983849
San Bernardino2870552959
Orange2617983966
San Diego2613533342
Santa Clara1110761798
Kern103756915
Fresno957851451
Sacramento937901498
Alameda809501271
Ventura77952870
San Joaquin671231150
Contra Costa62931695
Stanislaus56433953
Tulare48114768
Monterey42335329
San Mateo39148521
San Francisco34387422
Santa Barbara32147420
Solano30216165
Merced29264407
Sonoma28261301
Imperial26926638
Kings22091220
Placer19911232
San Luis Obispo19751238
Madera15523214
Santa Cruz14736183
Marin13285198
Yolo12867185
Shasta11054179
Butte11007167
El Dorado9195100
Napa908072
Sutter889998
Yuba577638
San Benito577061
Lassen562324
Tehama510452
Nevada398874
Tuolumne396659
Mendocino382643
Amador347441
Humboldt323033
Lake316941
Glenn223223
Colusa214013
Calaveras191849
Siskiyou178414
Inyo132137
Mono12144
Del Norte10085
Plumas6536
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
Sierra1000
Alpine820
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