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COVID job market: California jobless claims drop, still above normal

Unemployment claims in California fell slightly last week but remained above levels seen during the healthier job market before coronavirus-linked shutdowns began 15 months ago.

California workers filed about 64,700 initial claims for jobless benefits during the week ending June 19, which was 3,300 fewer than the 68,000 claims workers filed the previous week, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Despite the improvement, jobless claims in California last week were 44% higher than levels in January and February 2020.

Nationwide, first-time jobless claims totaled 411,000 during the week ending June 19, down 7,000 from the 418,000 claims filed the week before.

Source: Orange County Register

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