June 18, 2021
Beacon Employment Report | California
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At the industry level, the largest jobs gains continue to occur in the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. While California has made up significant ground in recent months, employment levels in many of these sectors remain far below their pre-pandemic levels.
Leisure and Hospitality led the gains in May, with payrolls expanding by 62,300. Still, the sector has a long way to go to recover all the jobs lost due to the economic downturn, with payrolls having fallen by 517,500 (-25.1%) since their previous peak in February 2020.
Other sectors posting strong gains during the month were Information (11,200), Health Care (9,500), Education (7,000), Wholesale Trade (4,300) , and Administrative Support (3,600).
A handful of sectors saw their payrolls decline in May. These included Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities (-1,900), Construction (-1,600), Retail Trade (-1,300), and Mining and Logging (-300).