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Report · January 2021

California’s Future: Economy

Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, and Julien Lafortune

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the PPIC Corporate Circle and the PPIC Donor Circle.

California’s economy has been hit hard by COVID-19. Between February and May 2020, the state lost more than 3 million jobs, largely erasing gains from a decade of continuous growth. The economic consequences have been severe but also unevenly distributed, exacerbating economic inequality.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that focuses on California’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in five key areas:


COVID-19 Population