COVID jobs: California unemployment claims rise, recovery stays shaky

California workers filed more unemployment claims last week than the week before, a setback that keeps the totals far above what was normal before the start of government-ordered business shutdowns to combat the coronavirus.

Jobless claims in California have remained stubbornly high despite the reopening of the statewide economy a month ago that government officials have trumpeted ever since.

Workers statewide filed 58,259 claims during the week that ended on July 17, an increase of 1,334 from the 56,925 claims that were filed in the week ending on July 10, the U.S. Labor Department reported on Thursday.

Nationwide, unemployment claims jumped sharply and totaled 419,000 for the week ending on July 17. That was an increase of 51,000 from the 368,000 claims that were filed during the week ending July 10.

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