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San Diego region unemployment hits 30 percent amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 1:24 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 18:13:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Unemployment in San Diego County continues to be at an all-time high, according to SANDAG.

A recent report claims that the unemployment rate is currently at more than 30 percent.

According to the report, nearly 23,000 jobs were lost between May 2 through May 9.

"Jobless claims continue to rise as the economy stays in lockdown mode for the ninth week. New job formation is slow, with businesses making tough decisions including claiming bankruptcy or choosing not to reopen after stay-at-home orders are lifted," SANDAG said.

SANDAG says the phases reopening of the San Diego County economy may signal that economic improvement may occur in the next few weeks.

"For the local economy to take a significant turn for the better, the region must complete phase 2 and move into phase 3 of the Governor’s roadmap to recovery," SANDAG said.

See the chart below for the hardest-hit areas: