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California Jobs and Labor Force Are Still Down but Recovering

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

Employment is still well below pre-pandemic levels, though the number of jobs continues to increase. Despite the state’s rapid recovery so far, underemployed and discouraged workers remain a key concern.

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Gender Gaps in the COVID-19 Labor Market

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

The current economic downturn is having a disproportionate impact on employment for women in California, and the effects could be long-lasting.

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What the Unemployment Rate Doesn’t Show Us

By Sarah Bohn, Monica Bandy

When discouraged and underemployed workers are added to the ranks of the unemployed, California’s rate is 15.6%—8 points higher than the official unemployment rate.

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