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California growth continues in March despite labor shortage

Posted at 12:23 PM, Apr 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 15:23:38-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California employers added 60,200 jobs in March.

New numbers released Friday show the number of unemployed people in the nation's most populous state dipped below 1 million for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Despite the strong job growth, experts say a labor shortage is making it difficult for businesses to keep up with strong consumer demand.

California's labor force is made up of people who either have a job or are looking for work. The labor force has grown in the past year. But it is still nearly 400,000 people fewer than it was before the pandemic.