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The average Californian has been getting just $319 per week from state unemployment benefits during the pandemic, which amounts to annual earnings of $16,588 – well below what’s needed to support a family.

Undocumented and mixed status families have been excluded from thousands of dollars in federal aid during the pandemic, even though they are deeply integrated into our communities, workplaces, and schools.

60% of Black households lost earnings in 2020 due to the pandemic, further exacerbating a persistent racial wealth gap that blocks Black Californians from economic opportunities.

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Alissa Anderson
Policy Director
Sara Kimberlin
Senior Policy Fellow

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