07/24/2021

Reports

Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through May 22, 2021

Recent trends continued for the week of May 22, with the number of total initial claims down slightly in California while continuing to drop more strongly since the week of February 27 in the rest of the US.

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through May 15, 2021

Recent trends continued for the week of May 15, with the number of total initial claims essentially level in California while continuing to drop since the week of February 27 in the rest of the US.

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through May 8, 2021

Recent trends continued for the week of May 8, with the number of total initial claims essentially level in California while continuing to drop in the rest of the US.

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California Energy Price Data for April 2021

Below are the monthly updates from the most current April 2021 fuel price data (GasBuddy.com) and February 2021 electricity and natural gas price data (US Energy Information Administration).

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California Trade Report for March 2021

While normally more subdued period following the holiday related traffic, the state’s ports broke February records as imports continued to surge. In total value, imports through the state’s ports climbed 23.7% from the year earlier. The number of TEUs (20-foot equivalent units; loaded and empty) moved jumped 46.92% in the Port of Los Angeles, 43.3% in Long Beach, and 6% in Oakland.

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through May 1, 2021

Total initial claims fell in California the week of May 1, while plunging twice as fast in the rest of the US. The US total was another pandemic low, while the California numbers bested the previous low reached 3 weeks ago.

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through April 24, 2021

Total initial claims rose in California the week of April 24, while continuing to drop in the rest of the US. The US total was the lowest since the PUA program began in May 2020. The California numbers were the third-lowest.

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March 2021 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

COVID-19 and the State Economy
Employment: 1.245 Million Below Recovery
Labor Force Participation Rate Dips to 60.8%
Employment Growth Ranking
Nonfarm Jobs: 1.471 Million Below Recovery
Jobs Change by Industry
Employment Recovery by Region
Unemployment Rates by Legislative Districts
Unemployment Rates by Region
How Far Back Has the Economy in Each County Been Pushed?
MSAs with the Worst Unemployment Rates: Los Angeles 8th Worst in Nation

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through April 17, 2021

Total initial claims were largely level in California the week of April 17, while showing a significant drop in the rest of the US.

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through April 10, 2021

Continuing the high volatility of the past several weeks, total initial claims were down sharply in California during the week of April 10, while continuing the downward trend in the rest of the states that began in early March.

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California Trade Report for February 2021

While normally more subdued period following the holiday related traffic, the state’s ports broke February records as imports continued to surge. In total value, imports through the state’s ports climbed 23.7% from the year earlier. The number of TEUs (20-foot equivalent units; loaded and empty) moved jumped 46.92% in the Port of Los Angeles, 43.3% in Long Beach, and 6% in Oakland.

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California Energy Price Data for March 2021

Below are the monthly updates from the most current March 2021 fuel price data (GasBuddy.com) and January 2021 electricity and natural gas price data (US Energy Information Administration). Even during the current economic downturn, energy prices continued to rise due to state policies, putting additional pressure on total housing costs and adding to California’s highest-in-the-nation […]

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through April 3, 2021

Total initial claims in California experienced a sharp rise during the week of April 3 while easing in the US as a whole.

In California, initial claims processed in the regular program were up 36.6% compared to the prior week, while PUA claims climbed 47.5%. In the national totals, regular claims rose 2.5%, while PUA claims dropped 36.1% due to a deep shift in Ohio. Combined, total claims processed were up 38.1% in California and down 7.0% in the US numbers.

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February 2021 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

COVID-19 and the State Economy
Employment: 1.253 Million Below Recovery
Labor Force Participation Rate Rises to 60.9%
Employment Growth Ranking
Nonfarm Jobs: 1.662 Million Below Recovery
Jobs Change by Industry
Employment Recovery by Region
Unemployment Rates by Legislative Districts
Unemployment Rates by Region
How Far Back Has the Economy in Each County Been Pushed?
MSAs with the Worst Unemployment Rates: Los Angeles 8th Worst in Nation

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Unemployment Data Update: March, 2020 through March 27, 2021

During the week of March 27, a rise in initial claims under the regular program outweighed drops in PUA claims by the self-employed.

In California, initial claims processed in the regular program were up 10.0% compared to the prior week, while PUA claims were down by 19.9%. In the national totals, regular claims rose 9.7%, while PUA claims were down by 1.7% due to large increases in Ohio. Combined, total claims processed were up 4.7% in California and 6.6% in the US numbers.

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