The COVID-19 public health crisis has upended the lives of Californians. Millions of people have experienced serious disruptions to their jobs following social distancing public health recommendations and state and local shelter-in-place orders aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. While necessary to prevent overwhelming the state’s health care system, the business reductions and closures forced by these orders will have a severe economic impact on Californians and the state’s economy.
This Fact Sheet shows that the industries most immediately impacted by the COVID-19-related economic shutdown employ several million people in California.1 Without a sufficient federal response to help workers and their families, the shutdown will have a ripple effect throughout the economy as people who lose work will lose income and be forced to cut back on their spending, thus reducing demand for business more broadly.
1Although many people employed in these industries have likely lost work in recent weeks, there are notable exceptions. For example, within transportation and warehousing, there has been increased demand for jobs supported by online shopping.