The unemployment rate in Los Angeles rose from 4.7% in February to more than 24% in April according to city estimates, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a press conference on Friday.
"Those aren't just numbers, those are lives and livelihoods," Garcetti said, while addressing the economic impact of the coronavirus.
"These are our neighbors and they're hurting."
Los Angeles county has reported 30,296 coronavirus cases and 1,468 deaths. Garcetti said that this week’s data was “less deadly than last week.”
Testing in Los Angeles: Garcetti encouraged residents to get tested, as asymptomatic cases have been found. This is important for contact tracing and prevention of the disease, he added.
Los Angeles has capacity to test 20,000 people per day, and has met the basic minimum thresholds established by experts for acceptable levels of daily testing needed to consider steps to reopen, according to Garcetti.
Unemployment in the US: The US economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday — by far the most sudden and largest decline since the government began tracking the data in 1939.
Those losses follow steep cutbacks in March as well, when employers slashed 870,000 jobs. Those two months amount to layoffs so severe, they more than double the 8.7 million jobs lost during the financial crisis.
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