California unemployment claims rocket higher, pointing to weak job market

Unemployment claims in California have skyrocketed to their highest level in more than a month, officials reported Thursday, a grim sign that coronavirus-linked business shutdowns continue to weaken the state’s frail job market.

California workers filed 158,600 initial claims for unemployment last week, up 20,660 from the prior week, the U.S. Labor Department reported.

The weekly claims totals were the highest since Jan. 9, when 182,600 California workers filed initial claims for unemployment.

Nationwide, workers filed 861,000 initial jobless claims during the week that ended on Feb. 13, up 13,000 from the jobless claims filed the week of Feb. 6.

California is now accounting for a brutally high percentage

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