California's unemployment rate rose to a record 15.5% in April, which is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD).
This marks a new high for the state, surpassing the state’s 2010 recession mark of 12.3%.
The unemployment rate in March in California was 5%.
In April, employers lost 2,344,700 non-farm jobs, which represented a 10% spike, according to the EDD. California reported the largest job declines in the country, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The unprecedented job losses are like nothing before seen in California history in a current data series that dates back to 1976, and are a direct result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the EDD said.
The number of unemployed in California rose to almost 2.9 million in two months, breaking a record 2.2 million that took more than two years to reach during the recession.
The EDD reported that every one of the state’s 11 industry sectors lost jobs in April with leisure and hospitality posting the largest downturn.