May 22, 2020


Labor Market Information Division                                                                                                    

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730        

Nonfarm jobs down by 148,000 over the month; down 148,800 over the year

The unemployment rate in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario MSA was 14.4 percent in April 2020, up from a revised 5.2 percent in March 2020, and above the year-ago estimate of 3.6 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 16.1 percent for California and 14.4 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 15.3 percent in Riverside County, and 13.4 percent in San Bernardino County.


Between March 2020 and April 2020, total nonfarm employment declined from 1,536,900 to 1,388,900, a loss of 148,000 jobs. Agricultural employment decreased by 300 jobs.

  • Leisure and hospitality (down 53,800) recorded the largest payroll loss over the month. Accommodation and food services (down 50,000), accounted for approximately 93 percent of the job loss. Within accommodation and food services, food services and drinking places (down 45,300), recorded the largest employment decrease. Arts, entertainment, and recreation declined by 3,800 jobs over the month.
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities (down 23,400) registered the second largest job decline over the month. Retail trade jobs decreased by 16,300, with the majority of the job loss concentrated in clothing and clothing accessories stores (down 10,700). Transportation, warehousing, and utilities logged losses totaling 4,600, followed by wholesale trade with a drop of 2,500 jobs.
  • Educational and health services registered job losses amounting to 15,300. The total number of jobs in healthcare and social assistance receded by 14,700, with the majority of the loss allocated in ambulatory health care services (down 8,400). Private educational services decreased by 600 jobs.
  • Construction (down 13,700), professional and business services (down 13,500), government (down 10,400), other services (down 10,100), manufacturing (down 5,100), financial activities (down 2,400), information (down 200), and mining and logging (down 100) posted job losses over the month.

Between April 2019 and April 2020, nonfarm employment decreased by 148,800 jobs (down 9.7 percent). Agricultural employment declined by 1,900 jobs (down 12.6 percent).

  • Leisure and hospitality (down 63,500), registered the largest employment decrease over the year. Most of the employment reduction was concentrated in accommodation and food services (down 58,000). Both food services and drinking places (down 52,500), and accommodation (down 5,500) logged job losses over the year. Arts, entertainment, and recreation contracted by 5,500 jobs.
  • Professional and business services reported 16,300 layoffs. Administrative and support and waste services (down 9,700), professional, scientific, and technical services (down 6,300), and management of companies and enterprises (down 300) recorded payroll cuts over the year.
  • Year-over job losses were noted in construction (down 14,900), other services (down 12,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (down 11,600), government (down 11,100), manufacturing (down 8,600), educational and health services (down 6,400), financial activities (down 2,700), information (down 700), and mining and logging (down 100).

Contact:  Emerson Figueroa (909) 948-6657