When the COVID-19 pandemic struck California and the central San Joaquin Valley, it triggered stay-at-home orders and a large-scale closure of some enterprise sectors as a way to sluggish the unfold of the virus.
The end result was the hemorrhaging lack of jobs for greater than 87,000 staff within the Valley in March and April. That included staff within the leisure and hospitality industries as pleasure journey was curtailed and plenty of bars, dine-in eating places and retailers have been closed.
Since April, many business sectors have regained not less than a number of the jobs that have been misplaced to the coronavirus measures. However new unemployment figures for July, launched Friday by the California Employment Development Department present that a number of – together with state and native authorities – are nonetheless seeing job leakage because the area and the state proceed to come back to phrases with the financial results of the virus.
The variety of individuals employed in July throughout the Valley continues to be about 67,300 decrease than it was in pre-pandemic February.
In comparison with June, unemployment charges for counties throughout the Valley have been down final month by a few full proportion level – slightly extra in some counties, rather less in others. However all are far increased than in February, earlier than the pandemic:
Fresno County: 13.5% unemployment in July, down from 14.5% in June however up from 8.5% in February.
Kings County: 13.1% unemployment in July, down from 14.4% in June, up from 9.8% in February.
Madera County: 13.0% unemployment in July, down from 13.9% in June, up from 8.0% in February.
Merced County: 14.5% unemployment in July, down from 15.6% in June, up from 10.4% in February.
Tulare County: 16.2% unemployment in July, down from 17.1% in June, up from 11.5% in February.
Nonetheless feeling the ache
In Fresno County, the leisure/hospitality business, which covers eating places, bars, lodges and motels, and different amusement and leisure companies, shed nearly 16,000 jobs in March and April, based on the state EDD.
Since April, the sector has regained about 5,900 positions by July. However there’s nearly 10,000 jobs which have but to return.
Retail shops in Fresno County misplaced about 6,600 jobs in March and April, however have regained about 1,800 jobs. Personal-sector schooling and well being companies have regained solely about 500 of the three,900 jobs that disappeared.
The wholesale commerce and knowledge sectors have made no good points, based on the EDD estimates, whereas the monetary actions business – which incorporates insurance coverage and actual property companies – have misplaced about 300 jobs since April, along with the 200 jobs that have been shed between February and April.
Native authorities in Fresno County – which incorporates metropolis and counties, faculty districts and different public businesses – continues to see important job losses as a complete. Along with about 1,500 positions that evaporated in March and April, one other 5,500 jobs have been misplaced over Might, June and July.
The one sector that has skilled a web job achieve because the pandemic struck is agriculture, the place farmworkers deemed “important” to the meals provide and the financial system have continued their work unabated in fields, orchards and vineyards and farms all through the Valley.
In Fresno County, about 4,400 farm jobs have been added between February and April; since April, the sector has added one other 7,900 jobs, the EDD reported.