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SACRAMENTO — California’s beleaguered restaurant and hospitality industry rebounded in October, adding 66,000 jobs as the unemployment rate in the nation’s most populous state dipped below 10% for the first time since the pandemic upended its economy in March.
But the gains are likely to be short-lived as a surge of cases has already prompted new restrictions on businesses, including forcing most restaurants to halt indoor dining during the cold and rainy winter months. Starting Saturday, the state will enforce a 10 p.m. curfew that could further curtail people’s leisure spending.
“With the renewed lockdowns, these jobs are in peril now,” said Michael Bernick, an attorney and former director of California’s Employment Development Department.
Overall, California added 145,500 nonfarm payroll