California’s initial jobless claims fell to their lowest level since shutting down businesses last spring to tackle the coronavirus, a significant improvement for the state’s shaky job market.
On Thursday, the US Labor Department said that in the week ended November 27, Californian workers filed 47,900 initial jobless claims, down 4,600 from the previous week.
California jobless claims have declined in five of the past six weeks, a steady improvement in the ever-observed health barometer or weakness in the statewide job market.
However, across the country, workers filed 222,000 initial jobless claims, up 28,000 from a week earlier, the Labor Department said.
California’s upfront claims are now just 7% higher than the typical weekly total during the days when the state’s economy was completely healthy.
During January 2020 and February 2020, in the last two months before plant closures began to grapple with the spread of the coronavirus, Californian workers filed an average of 44,800 unemployment claims per week. In total, last week there were only 3,100 more people.
The most recent filings were also the lowest since March 7, 2020, days before widespread blackouts began causing giant layoffs in California.