COVID economy: California unemployment claims rocket higher, worst in five months

Unemployment claims in California rocketed to their highest level in five months last week, raising uncertainties about the strength of a statewide economy attempting to recover from coronavirus-spawned maladies.

California workers filed 75,800 initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended on Sept. 18, which was an increase of 24,200 from the week ending on Sept. 11, the U.S. Labor Department reported on Thursday.

The total number of claims is the highest the first-time jobless filings have reached since the week ending on April 24 — nearly five months ago — when jobless claims totaled 78,600 for that week, this news organization’s analysis of the Labor Department posts shows.

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