California still 176,000 jobs short of full pandemic recovery

California’s economy still needs 176,000 more jobs to join the nation’s latest employment milestone — fully rebounded from the pandemic.

U.S. jobs stats showed a surprising hiring spree added 582,000 jobs in July, pushing the U.S. worker count past pre-coronavirus levels to a record 152.5 million workers.

California jobs stats for July won’t come out until Aug. 19, but the big national jump should put the state closer to completing its own job recovery.

Controversy has swirled about California’s tough business limitations designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictions hit businesses with close customer contact the hardest. Restaurants, tourism and entertainment and personal services such as beauty,

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