Californians stop looking for work as COVID-19 surges

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Californians stop looking for work amid virus surges

Last month, more than 327,000 people stopped looking for work in the Golden State, a worrisome trend that has clouded the state’s economic picture during its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began.

The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.2% in November, declining for the sixth month in a row since reaching an all-time high of 16.4% in April and May. The state added 57,100 jobs in November versus 145,500 the previous month.

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