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California unemployment claims have risen for the second straight week, in sharp contrast to a steady drop in filings in the United States, a forbidding sign that the statewide job market still suffers from coronavirus-linked ailments.

Workers in California filed 71,800 initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended on May 22, up 1,500 from the 70,300 filings for the week ending on May 15, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday.

United States unemployment claims totaled 406,000 last week, which was 38,000 fewer than the first-time filings of 444,000 the prior week, according to the Labor Department. These numbers were adjusted for seasonal variations.

The latest filings in California are 60% above the weekly average for first-time claims during January 2020 and February 2020. Those were the final two months before state and local government agencies launched wide-ranging business shutdowns to combat the coronavirus.

Even worse, California is producing a steadily rising share of all the unemployment claims filed nationwide, when comparing equivalent figures that were not adjusted for seasonal variations.

Starting with the seven-day period that ended on May 1, California’s share of unemployment claims nationwide have risen each week, this news organization’s analysis of the jobless filings shows.

California’s share of the U.S. jobless filings was 12.8% on April 24, 13.8% on May 1, 14.2% on May 8, 15.5% on May 15, and 17.7% on May 22.