New numbers are in Friday showing Riverside County’s unemployment rate reach double digits, which is higher than the nationwide rate for April.
According to data from the Employment Development Department, A shocking unemployment rate here in our county rises from 5.2 percent in March to 15.3 percent for April.
Deanna Moore has been desperately trying to file for unemployment.
"You get through and then you press the prompts and then it hangs up on you,"said Moore. " I called 448 times in one day for four hours I called that much and I could not get through to anybody."
Like Moore, more claims are expected to be filed in the upcoming months.
Here's a look at those numbers per valley city. Click Here.
Analysis done by a team of eight local economist part of the Southern California Association of Governments estimates Riverside County will lose about 130,000 jobs by the end of the year. Click Here.
"On June 4th, the Coachella Valley’s unemployment rate is probably going to be somewhere between 25 to 30 percent and after that we'll start working our way very slowly down back down." said Micheal Bracken, Managing Partner & Chief Economist Development Management Group, Inc.
Michael Bracken, a local economist said that it will take us 18 to 24 months or even 36 months to get back to where we were in January.
"And then we’re going to be recover at 1 to 2,000 maybe 2,500 jobs a month for some period of time." said Bracken. "Now, a lot of that is going to be conditioned upon a vaccine and treatments."