An estimated 212,300
Last week, 2.12 million workers in
Since state and local government officials began to impose an array of business shutdowns throughout
Over the four most recent weeks,
Despite the improvement, the totals for the most recent week are still five times as great as the number for a typical week in 2020, prior to the start of the business shutdowns.
"Most striking is how little the additional job losses and economic devastation seem to matter anymore," said
The tech sector suffered tiny job losses during April, the most recent monthly report on the job market revealed last week.
Now, Bernick is concerned that the fallout resulting from the deadly bug's impact on the economy in
"The next big hits may be coming in white-collar jobs," Bernick said. "Office jobs, health care, educational services, even government jobs could be next."
Bernick said public health officials aren't mindful enough of the economic destruction unleashed by coronavirus-linked shutdowns that were imposed to help corral the coronavirus.
"We are cheerfully told that 'we are all in this together'," Bernick said. "We may have reached a point of no return in how numb we've become to job losses."
While unemployment claims continue to pour into the EDD offices, many
"The EDD wasn't prepared for this," Scozzola said. "They need to fix this. We need help. We have to pay our bills."
EDD officials said this week that they have launched a "mass hiring" effort to recruit 1,800 people to work for the state agency on a temporary basis. Those recruits would be in addition to the roughly 3,000 EDD workers in the agency's unemployment insurance unit.
"We've been left high and dry," Scozzola said. "It's very frustrating. You can never find out what's going on. You can't talk to a human being. The governor keeps talking about how this and that is being done. It's time to help the people who haven't gotten anything."
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