Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Self-Employed Aren't Yet Counted In The Soaring Unemployment Numbers

A framing art gallery in Venice Beach on April 01, 2020. Another 6.65 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, the most ever recorded. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.
"We've got people working around the clock, including on Easter, trying to get as many things as possible out there."

That's what we heard from Loree Levy, spokesperson for California's Economic Development Department, which handles unemployment claims.

More than two million Californians have lost work in the wake of coronavirus-related business closures, according to new unemployment data released Thursday by the Department of Labor.

We take a closer look at those not yet counted in those statistics: The self-employed.

Support for LAist comes from

Frustrated freelancers are still waiting for a new filing process to come online, while state officials say they’re doing their best to keep up with an unprecedented surge in applications.


Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage:Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism:Donate Now.