COVID job market: California unemployment claims leap past 100,000

Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group A BART train rolls into the Walnut Creek station while vehicles travel through the highway 680-24 interchange, February 2021. Unemployment claims in California soared above 100,000 last week, a setback that shows COVID-linked ailments still afflict the state’s job market. // Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group

Unemployment claims in California soared well above 100,000 last week, federal officials reported Thursday, a grim setback that suggests coronavirus-linked ailments still afflict the statewide job market.

California workers filed 105,900 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week that ended on March 6, up 16,900 from the 89,000 first-time claims workers

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