California unemployment claims soar to highest total in three months
Unemployment claims in California rose last week and have now soared to their highest level in nearly three months, an unsettling hint that the statewide job market has yet to bounce back from the economic side effects of the coronavirus.
California workers filed 68,556 initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended on Aug. 7, an increase of 6,347 from the 62,209 claims workers filed over the week ending on July 31, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday.
The jobless claims filed in California last represented the largest number of filings since late May. California workers filed 72,000 initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended on May 29.
In sharp contrast to the rising number of California filings, workers in the United States filed 375,000 unemployment claims last week, down 12,000 from the 387,000 claims that were filed the week before that.