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Low-paid Californians take another blow as state begins to lose jobs again

As California policymakers make 2021-22 budget decisions, and deliberate what level of investment they will make in the health and economic well-being of Californians, here’s an important fact to keep in mind:

California ended 2020 with 1.5 million fewer jobs than the state had a year ago this month. This means many California children, families, and individuals don’t have the resources they need to buy food, pay rent, and other basic needs.

As a new report from Senior Policy Analyst Alissa Anderson shows:

  • Low-paid workers continue to be hit hardest by the state’s job losses.
  • Layoffs during the pandemic have reduced the earnings of the majority of Black and brown Californians.
  • Most layoffs occurred in the very low-paying leisure and hospitality industry, which largely includes jobs at restaurants.

Even with vaccines available and segments of the economy reopening, Californians with low and middle incomes, and especially families in Black and Latinx households, will continue to face health and economic challenges for years to come. State leaders have an opportunity now — how will they provide the support needed to advance health equity, eliminate income inequality, and make significant public investment in California’s future?

This article was released by the California Budget and Policy Center.

2 Comments

  1. Open up the State and solve the problem. It is Newsom’s over reach that has caused this.

    1. And Biden trying to reverse all of Trumps gains in border security and the flow of migrants into the country.

      ” Low-paid workers continue to be hit hardest by the state’s job losses.
      Layoffs during the pandemic have reduced the earnings of the majority of Black and brown Californians.
      Most layoffs occurred in the very low-paying leisure and hospitality industry, which largely includes jobs at restaurants.”

      The jobs they’ll mostly take are the lower paid black & brown Californians jobs.
      What a joke!

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