California Wine Country job market reels during coronavirus pandemic

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Before the novel coronavirus led to multiple lockdown orders and subsequent job losses throughout the state, employment hadn’t changed much, including in the North Bay.

On Feb. 24 , when Nelson Staffing released its annual Advisor and Salary Guide, the findings from surveys of hundreds of hiring managers and employees in the North Bay revealed an ongoing tight labor market and low unemployment rates that kept employers competing for highly qualified candidates.

For the first two months of the year, the state’s unemployment rate held at 3.9%, with job gains contributing to a record expansion that hadn’t been seen since the 1960s, according to the state Employment Development Department.

But the pandemic ended that stretch.

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