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Before latest business closures, California added record 558,000 jobs

Posted at 11:33 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 14:48:26-04

California added a record 558,000 jobs in June as many more businesses reopened.

That's according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department that says much of the growth was from restaurants and bars. But those are among the businesses affected by new closure orders in July that are expected to bring big job losses in next month's unemployment report.

The state's unemployment rate is 14.9%, better than the record 16.4% in April and May but still higher than at the height of the Great Recession a decade ago.

In June, leisure and hospitality industries added 292,000 jobs, the most of any sector. With schools closed, education lost about 36,000 jobs.

San Luis Obispo County's unemployment rate in June was 11.5%, down from 12.9% in May. In June 2019, the unemployment rate was just 3%.

In Santa Barbara County, the unemployment rate was 11.6% in June, down from 12.9% in May. It was 3.4% in June 2019.