Why LA County’s rebound is a must for California’s economy – Daily News

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California needs its biggest job market to catch up to the rest of the state as it thaws from a coronavirus-chilled economy.

Los Angeles County has been a huge drag on the state’s overall recovery that has, by several measures, been well behind the national pace.

Consider: L.A.’s unemployment rate was 11% in April compared with 4.7% in February 2020, just before the pandemic hammered life and business. That’s a stomach-churning 6.3 percentage-point increase — even after 2021’s economic uptick.

Now, look at the rest of California. My trusty spreadsheet calculates unemployment in 57 other counties at 7% in April vs. 4.2% just before coronavirus hit. That’s just a 2.8 point jump.

In the 12-county Bay Area region, unemployment was 6% in April vs. 3.1% 14 months ago.

Now, look at the rest of California. My trusty spreadsheet calculates unemployment in 57 other counties at 7% in April vs. 4.2% just before coronavirus hit. That’s just a 2.8…

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