California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

Just two months ago, California was boasting an unprecedented economic expansion as it added more than 3.4 million jobs over 10 years, accounting for 15% of the nation's job growth. More than two-thirds of those gains were wiped out last month as the state lost 2.3 million jobs.

Another 2.4 million Americans file for unemployment

With 36.8 million Americans out of work due to the nine-week coronavirus shutdown, at 17.2%, the national unemployment rate is now almost three times greater than in the deepest depth of the Great Recession.