Fun Guy! California Governor Keeps Theme Parks Closed & Thousands More Lose Jobs

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

While California continues to face some of the toughest coronavirus-related restrictions in the country, they may also be faced with some of the largest unemployment numbers in the country, but no one knows can say what the numbers actually are. At this point, California’s unemployment statistics are basically a guestimate.

California recently ended a two-week freeze on unemployment filings in an effort to overhaul its systems in order to address a massive backlog, while also implementing better identity verification. The filing freeze means California has been just estimating, or guessing, their figures over the past few weeks. Apparently, they plan to continue to estimate for another few weeks until things stabilize following the application freeze.

As restrictions continue, an accurate picture of the California unemployment rate is impossible to know, but the job loss announcements continue to flow.

Theme parks are a big part of the California landscape and economy. Only a week after Disney announced 28,000 layoffs, Universal and Six flags are following suit. In recent months, Universal has temporarily laid off close to 850 employees and permanently cut ties with 1,374 staff in Los Angeles County, according to filings with California’s Employment Development Department. On Tuesday, Six Flags, which runs Magic Mountain, said that they will be laying off 240 employees, or what amounts to 10% of the company.

California Governor, Gavin Newsom has been heavily criticized recently for his position; he was in “no hurry” to move forward with plans to reopen the Southern California theme parks, which include the two Disney parks, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm, and Sea World.

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