This infographic shows party control of seats in the California Legislature.
Millions of California workers turned to unemployment insurance benefits over the last 18 months after suddenly losing their jobs – a reality that can hit workers, families, and communities, pandemic or not. In trying times, everyone should have the opportunity to buy food, pay rent, and care for their families as they look for new, stable employment. State and federal unemployment insurance benefits are the lifeline that help families keep their homes and put food on the table.
Unemployment benefits provide a critical safety net for many workers who lose their jobs, helping them to support their families while they search for new employment. Millions of Californians turned to unemployment benefits after losing work due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, policymakers previously failed to require businesses to pay the true costs of unemployment benefits for their workers, leading California to borrow billions of dollars from the federal government to pay for benefits – a repeat of what happened during the Great Recession.
Unemployment benefits provide a critical safety net for many workers who lose their jobs, helping them to support their families while they seek to reenter the workforce. Millions of Californians turned to these benefits after losing work due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, state unemployment benefits don’t provide enough money for Californians – particularly those with low incomes – to cover the cost of living.
Unemployment among Californians has stalled around 10% for six months. In July 2021, 9.5% of Californians in the labor force wanted to work but had yet to find a job, only slightly down from 10.4% in February 2021. This is based on a more accurate measure than the “official” unemployment rate, which has understated the jobs crisis during the pandemic.