BAKERFIELD, Calif. — Unemployment Insurance claims are rising every week according to Kern County's Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop.
Alsop announced on Twitter Tuesday that claims in the Kern and Inyo counties, as well as the Mono Local Workforce Development area, average around 1,000 claims per week.
According to Alsop, the first week of April ended with nearly 14,000 claims filed. The week before that ended with over 17,000 people filing for unemployment.
#Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in the #KernCounty, Inyo and Mono Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) average around 1000 per week. In the week ending March 28, over 17,000 people filed for Unemployment. The week ending April 4, nearly 14,000 filed.
— Ryan J. Alsop (@KernCAO) April 14, 2020
Business owners who are concerned or have questions about the effect of the coronavirus on their business can call the America's Job Center hotline at (661) 336-6860.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Force, 10% of the U.S. labor force is now out of work and 6.6 million people filed for jobless aid.
Nationwide, unemployment claims for the first week of April were 6,606,000.