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Napa County unemployment predicted to skyrocket due to COVID-19: one in five impacted
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Napa County unemployment predicted to skyrocket due to COVID-19: one in five impacted

From the Complete coronavirus coverage from the Napa Valley Register, St. Helena Star, and The Weekly Calistogan series
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Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 74 percent of Napa County food preparation and serving related jobs will be lost, at least short term. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 16,400 Napa County residents will be unemployed this May, compared to just 1,700 in May in 2019.

That’s according to estimates from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific.

Due to its heavy reliance on travel and tourism, the Napa County economy will the hardest hit with a projected 29% loss in jobs and a peak unemployment rate of 22%, said the Center.

Nonfarm payrolls in the MSA are projected to decrease by 22,010 jobs (28%) with the largest total loss in the food preparation and serving occupations, and the largest percentage loss in personal care and service occupations.

An estimated 84 percent of personal care and service jobs will be lost due to COVID-19 impacts.

An estimated 74 percent of food preparation and serving related jobs will be lost.

It’s a dramatic change. In 2019, Napa’s unemployment was below 3%, among the lowest in the state.

“Napa’s economy is highly dependent on tourism and very sensitive to travel restrictions as more than half of its visitors originate from out-of-state and nearly 20% are international visitors,” said the Center.

Napa County is not alone. The virus will lead to record high unemployment rates across Northern California by May, according to a news release from the Center.

The Center estimates the loss of 1.25 million jobs and a peak unemployment rate of 17.7% in Northern California and a statewide loss of over 3.8 million jobs with an unemployment rate of 18.8%.

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Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.

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