California Jobless Claims Skyrocketed by 670% During COVID-19 Pandemic
965,000 new jobless claims were filed across the nation on the first week of 2021
California reported a massive spike in unemployment claims from mid-March of 2020 to the first full week of 2021.
There was a 671.78 percent, increase in jobless claims compares to the same period a year earlier, a new analysis from the WalletHub website reported.
California had the 33rd highest unemployment claims among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the analysis found.
According to another metric, the state is ranked 16th highest based on a recent number of weekly unemployment claims.
The metric joins comparisons of unemployment claims during the week of Jan. 4 of this year with the first week of 2019 and the first week of 2020.
Across the United States, millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
965,000 new jobless claims were filed across the nation on the first week of 2021.
The figures come days after the news that Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom faces a recall special election as a campaign against him clears 1.4 million signatures.
A governor must face a recall special election if 12% of voters, in this case, 1.5 million California residents, sign a petition to recall the state leader.
1.4 million Californians have signed a petition for Gov. Newsom's recall.
Newsom’s poll numbers plummeted to unprecedented lows due to his controversial COVID-19 policies, Poltico reported.
Last year, Newsom said the coronavirus outbreak was an “opportunity” to push progressive policies in his state and across the United States.
“Absolutely, we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern."
"That shouldn’t put shivers up the spines of one party or the other,” he said.
“I think it’s an opportunity anew for both parties to come together and meet this moment and really start to think more systemically, not situationally, not just about getting out of this moment.”
“Something was fundamentally flawed in that global context, manifested quite acutely here in the state of California, the richest and the poorest state,” he said.