California unemployment drops to lowest point since March

Dec 18, 2020

Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from November, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Dee Dee Myers issued the following joint statement with California’s Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su:

California unemployment drops to lowest point since March

Employers gain 57,100 nonfarm payroll jobs

IMPORTANT NOTE: The employment data for the month of November 2020 is taken from the survey week including November 12. Data for the month of December is scheduled for release on January 22, 2021.

SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment rate dropped 0.8 percent to 8.2 percent in November as the state’s employers added 57,100 jobs1, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. This comes after October’s upward-revised gain of 145,600 jobs (+100 jobs). California has now regained approximately 46 percent of the 2,615,800 nonfarm jobs that were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April.

"With hope now literally in sight as the vaccine is rolled out, we're continuing our fight to help businesses and working people in California get back on their feet. But as the state faces the ongoing challenge of this pandemic-induced recession, we need to provide financial resources and other support to people so they can stand up their businesses, create jobs, and support their families as we put the economy back together in an equitable and sustainable way. We call on the federal government to do its part to help us recover."

California is determining its distribution guidelines in an open and equitable fashion as initial vaccine supplies will be very limited. At first, vaccines will be provided to health care workers and those in long-term care settings in accordance with the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A. Read more here.

Recent Action by Governor Newsom


  • On December 14, Governor Newsom issued an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, including extending the availability of housing for migrant agricultural workers, providing a 90-day extension on tax returns and tax payments for small businesses and updating Cal/OSHA requirements related to quarantine guidelines. Read more here.
  • On December 14, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed their concurrent and thorough review of the federal process and confirmed the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and efficacious. The Workgroup provided their confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Read more here.
  • To preserve our health care system, the Regional Stay-at-Home Order goes into effect if intensive care unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15% in a region. Counties in the region will be subject to new restrictions.

    Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period.

    Learn more about these orders and find out what’s open in your area
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