Coronavirus Crisis Cause Huge Spike In Central, South Coast Unemployment Numbers

May 23, 2020

Unemployment numbers for the Central and South Coasts have gone through the roof because of the coronavirus crisis.

Taking a look at three month numbers, Ventura County’s jobless rate went from 3.7% in February to 14% in April. 

Santa Barbara County increased from 4.6% in February to 13.7% in April.  And, San Luis Obispo’s jobless rate climbed by more than 10% over the last three months, from 3% in February to 13.7% in April.

The statewide figure is just as stunning. California’s unemployment went from 5.5% in March to a preliminary figure of 15.5% for April.

In the last 10 weeks, 4.8 million Californians applied for unemployment.