SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement regarding today’s July jobs report, which showed that California added 114,400 new jobs last month, more new jobs than any other state. This follows 71,500 jobs created in June, 94,700 jobs created in May, 102,000 jobs created in April, 132,400 jobs created in March and 156,100 jobs created in February – totaling 671,100 new jobs created this year.

“California continues to lead the nation’s economic recovery, adding 114,400 new jobs in July – more new jobs than any other state, and the fourth time this year of six-figure job gains. We’ll continue to lead with the science and data, prioritizing vaccinations and supporting those workers and small businesses hit hardest by this pandemic, to create the conditions for a robust economic recovery.”

The unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in July 2021 is 5.6 percentage points better than that of July 2020 and is California’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2020. From February 2021 through July 2021, California has added 671,100 total non-farm payroll jobs, which is an average of 111,850 jobs per month for that time period. Of the 2,714,800 jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California has now regained 1,582,900 jobs (58.3 percent). Nine of California’s 11 industry sectors gained jobs in July. Leisure & Hospitality (+56,600) continued to have the state’s largest month-over increase for the sixth straight month thanks to significant increases in Food Services and Drinking Places.

 

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With the pandemic waning, travel is picking back up again as Californians don’t plan on losing another summer to COVID-19.

For those hankering for a change of scene after being homebound by coronavirus restrictions for more than a year, the state’s official reopening on Tuesday is the light at the end of a long tunnel. And those eager to take advantage of easing travel restrictions will have help this summer in the form of incentives from the state, which is hoping to entice more people to get the vaccine and also jump-start its beleaguered tourism and travel industry.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new vaccine incentive, called “California Dream Vacations,” as part of the “Vax for the Win” program that includes cash prizes for residents who get the potentially life-saving jab.

The new incentive will give away travel packages for vacation destinations in the state.

On July 1, Californians aged 18 and older who are at least partially vaccinated will have the chance to win in a randomized drawing for one of  six “dream vacation” packages within the state of California. 

Winners will have a chance to visit “California’s gateway destination cities,” such as Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, and the Ritz Carlton in Palm Springs. Additionally, Newsom said that winners will receive an additional $2,000 to offset travel costs and will have some meals covered through a variety of “culinary experiences.”

“From California’s coastlines to our theme parks to our breathtaking national forests, our state’s diverse terrain and unique communities make us the envy of the world when it comes to tourism,” Newsom said.

The six trip packages include: 

  • Discover the Best of Anaheim package for four
  • Greater Palm Spring Luxury package for two
  • Premium Los Angeles Experience for four
  • San Diego Beach Dream Vacation for four 
  • San Diego Downtown Dream Vacation for four
  • San Francisco “Our Gate Is Open” Welcome Package for four

Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, said the travel packages “are just a sample of the endless variety of experiences California has to offer.”

“One of the key issues for us to get California back on track and shorten this recovery curve is to encourage Californians to travel in California,” Beteta said. “It’s like a modern-day act of patriotism.”

State officials said California’s hospitality and tourism industries lost nearly half the 1.2 million jobs during the height of the pandemic.

In an effort to jump-start the state’s tourism and travel economy, Newsom also proposed $95 million in aid to potentially recover over 300,000 jobs within a year.

“The travel industry has continued to step up throughout the pandemic, providing shelter for front-line workers and people experiencing homelessness,” Beteta added. “After all our state has been through, it is heartwarming to see them giving back again.”

Meanwhile, the state has seen a 13.8% increase week over week in administered doses since launching its “Vax for the Win” vaccine incentive program, which is touted as the biggest in the country.

California added 119,600 jobs in March. Click here to view the full jobs report.

–Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement on Friday’s March jobs report which showed that California added 119,600 jobs in March and 156,100 jobs in February:

“California’s economic recovery depends on bringing back the businesses and jobs we’ve lost over the past year. That’s why today’s jobs report, which showed that California added 119,600 jobs in March, is so encouraging – especially following February’s report showing an additional 156,100 new jobs created, which was 41-percent of all new jobs created nationwide. We still have a long way to go, but with over 24 million shots in arms and more kids getting back into classrooms every day, this is the steady progress that we need to bring California roaring back.”

The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Dee Dee Myers issued the following joint statement with California’s Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su:

“​Today’s jobs report is another marker of how far we’ve come together – and of how much work we still have to do. The growth in leisure and hospitality jobs is encouraging given how devastating COVID-19 was to the industry. With vaccine eligibility now expanded to Californians 16 and older, ​our safe reopening and strong recovery will require ​an ongoing commitment to vaccine access and to a safe workplace for everyone, as more and more Californians get back to work. What’s more, it is on us as Californians to continue to do our part, wearing masks and observing other common sense health protocols so that all sectors of our economy can recover and reopen.”

According to the jobs report, California has now regained almost 44-percent of the 2,714,800 total nonfarm jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The growth in leisure and hospitality and leisure jobs is especially encouraging given how devastating COVID-19 was to the industry, with 42,400 jobs being created in that industry sector. Trade, transportation, and utilities (+32,200) also had large gains thanks to strength in clothing stores and transportation and warehousing. Strong gains were also posted in professional and business services (+22,000) led by accounting, tax preparation and bookkeeping firms.

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