California’s unemployment paradox

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Emily Hoeven CalMatters California is facing an unemployment paradox. Despite California’s high unemployment rate, many positions at restaurants, bars and retail stores are going unfilled – causing some business owners to fear they won’t be able to fully reopen even when the state gives the green light June 15. The Golden State’s unemployment rate remained unchanged between March and April, holding steady at 8.3% even as employers added nearly 102,000 jobs, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department. That accounts for 38% of all U.S. jobs gained last month – a bright spot that dims when one takes into account that California still has the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate and has regained only 48% of jobs lost amid the pand
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