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California’s Labor Force: A Swift Recovery, but What’s Next?

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

Total employment has recovered more quickly from the COVID-19 recession than from previous downturns. Still, current workforce pressures reflect ongoing challenges that California must address to foster long-term economic mobility and growth.

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Will Infrastructure Investments Mean Better Jobs for Californians?

By Daniel Payares-Montoya, Shannon McConville, Sarah Bohn

Substantial new public spending on infrastructure has the potential to increase economic mobility in California, though a share of the newly created jobs likely will be in low-paying occupations.


Health Care Access among California’s Farmworkers

By Paulette Cha

Farmworkers are a key link in the food supply chain and important contributors to California’s economy. As farmworkers age, their health care needs are changing—and cost and lack of insurance are often barriers to care. While recent state and federal policies have made insurance more accessible, not all policies improved coverage among farmworkers.

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California’s Jobs Recovery Has Been Stronger than We Thought

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

While overall employment is still below pre-pandemic levels, the pace of the COVID recovery is unprecedented. Still, some key sectors of the economy have been slower to rebound.

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Ukrainian Immigrants in California

By Hans Johnson

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has special relevance for California’s Ukrainian community, one of the largest in the country. About one in six Ukrainian immigrants in the US lives in California.

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Job Openings Are Harder to Fill in the COVID Recovery

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

Rising job openings, falling unemployment, and a smaller workforce mean fewer job seekers per opening than in typical recoveries—and fewer than in good economic times

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Delivering on an Equitable Recovery for Californians

By Sarah Bohn, Shannon McConville, Daniel Payares-Montoya

California has created a $600-million program to distribute certain federal recovery resources to 13 regions statewide, an effort to address the varying economic challenges across the state.

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New Law Raises Standards for Police Officers

By Shannon McConville, Deepak Premkumar

A new state law raises the minimum age for law enforcement—from 18 to 21—and requires California’s community college system to create a new policing degree program. How might these changes affect the law enforcement workforce?

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