Early Data on State’s Economic Downturn Shows Arts Among Greatest Impacted Sectors

SAN FRANCISCO – A new assessment of data from the Public Policy Institute of California released yesterday offers new insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s economy and unemployment rate.

The numbers show the highest rate of job loss in California in the arts, entertainment and recreation industries during the first three months of the public health emergency. Workers in the initially affected industries are also more likely to be women, Latinx, and young adults.

View the full data summary here.

Chart: March Job Loss Was Much Larger Than at the Beginning of the Great Recession

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Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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Steve Bliss, Public Policy Institute of California

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