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Southern California retail jobs top pre-pandemic levels – Orange County Register

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What appears to be a strong holiday shopping season has pushed Southern California retailers’ payrolls well above pre-pandemic employment levels.

In November, merchants in the four-county region added 23,400 workers compared to jobs that increased 7,600 per month in the recovery period. The holiday shopping month has traditionally been a major hiring period for retailers, with an average of 28,000 workers added since 2000 to meet the shopping rush.

The November hiring spree saw the retailer’s headcount increase to 740,600 workers, up 2,200 from February 2020, before the economy faltered due to the coronavirus. At its worst in April 2020, the retail industry was at 80% of employment before the pandemic.

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The authoritative spreadsheet, filled with government job numbers released Friday, December 17, found that bosses in all industries in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties added 68,000 jobs in November. SoCal’s 7.57 million employees for November were up 0.9% in the month and 5.7% in the year.

In November, merchants in the region added 23,400 workers. The holiday shopping month has traditionally been a major hiring period for retailers, with an average of 28,000 workers added since 2000. (Photo file: Associated Press)

The pace of region-wide employment is down from 97,900 jobs added in October but above the monthly average of 47,200 since the start of job recovery from the shutdown in the spring of 2020. Economic challenges linked to the pandemic leave the region’s 318,400 workers lacking in pre-coronavirus jobs — or 96% From February 2020 levels.

Southern California’s aggregate unemployment rate for November was 6.16% — the lowest level in the era of the pandemic — versus a revised 6.91% the previous month, according to the spreadsheet. The rate was 4.17% in February 2020, and peaked at 17.14% in May 2020.

Still, this is split recovery. Employment in restaurants, tourism and entertainment stands at 822,200 – 86% of employees before the pandemic versus 97% for the rest of the economy.

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And these “fun” businesses – which comprise 11% of local jobs – are back in the doldrums again. They added just 200 workers last month as seasonal expectations were inflated by renewed coronavirus fears and ongoing work restrictions.

Here’s how recruitment works in Southern California Leisure and Hospitality outlets In November …

Restaurants: Last month it was 86% of the pre-virus employment level compared to the 56% low of the pandemic. The number of workers of 588,600 decreased by 92,100 workers compared to February 2020. This is after adding 1,100 last month against a job increase of 10,300 per month in the recovery period.

Hotels: 77% of pre-virus jobs – versus 41% pandemic-low. 74,300 workers fell by 22,600 workers from February 2020. This is after a drop of 200 last month versus an increase in the number of jobs by 1,300 per month in the recovery period.

Arts, entertainment and recreation: 91% of pre-virus jobs – versus 42% pandemic-low. The number of 159,300 workers decreased by 15,600 from February 2020. This is after a decrease of 700 last month against an increase in the number of jobs by 2,900 per month in the recovery period.

And employment trends in other major SoCal categories…

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Transportation / Warehouses: 118% of pre-virus jobs – versus 93% pandemic-low. The number of 449,500 workers rose to 68,900 from February 2020. This is after adding 16,700 last month against an increase in the number of jobs of 4,800 per month in the recovery period.

Health care and personal services: 100% of the pre-virus employment level compared to a pandemic drop of 91%. The number of 1,168,700 workers increased to 1,300 compared to February 2020. This is after adding 6,900 last month versus adding 5,400 jobs per month in the recovery period.

Business services: 98% pre-virus jobs vs 87% pandemic low. The number of workers of 1,118,000 decreased to 21,700 compared to February 2020. This is after adding 10,000 last month against an increase in the number of jobs by 6,400 per month in the recovery period.

Construction, Real Estate and Finance: 96% pre-virus jobs versus 89% pandemic-low. The number of 647,400 workers decreased by 26,600 from February 2020. This is after the number of jobs decreased by 3,900 last month, versus the number of jobs increased by 2,500 per month in the recovery period.

governmental: 95% of pre-virus jobs versus 86% pandemic-low. The number of 981,300 workers is down 50,500 from February 2020. That’s after 10,800 were added last month versus 1,300 jobs fell per month in the recovery period.

manufacturing: 93% of pre-virus jobs versus 88% pandemic-low. The number of 555,100 workers is down 41,300 from February 2020. That’s after 800 were added last month versus 1,500 jobs added per month in the recovery period.

Geographical employment patterns…

Los Angeles County: 95% of pre-virus jobs – down 251,500 after adding 42,800 last month. recovery speed? It reaches 26000 per month. unemployment? 7.1% this month versus 7.8% the previous month versus 11.9% a year earlier.

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Orange County: 97% of pre-virus jobs – down 57,200 after adding 9,500 last month. recovery speed? Up to 10700 per month. unemployment? 4.1% this month versus 4.7% the previous month versus 6.6% a year earlier.

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties: 99% of pre-virus jobs – down 9,700 after adding 15,700 last month. recovery speed? Up to 10500 per month. unemployment? 5.4% this month vs. 6.3% the previous month vs. 7.8% a year earlier.

Jonathan Lansner is a trade columnist for the Southern California News Group. He can be reached at jlansner@scng.com

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