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overview: Experts recommend contacting local job centers for help in training and getting work in growing sectors such as construction, healthcare and technology.


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The pandemic has led many Californians, by force or choice, to hit a reset button in their career. The state lost more than three million jobs between February and April of 2020, the peak of the pandemic. Many of those lost jobs have come back. But California’s labor market is still more than 1.3 million jobs short of where it was before the pandemic. As California lifts most of its restrictions on June 15, labor experts and career coaches expect the state to continue to regain lost jobs.

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Jeong Park

reporter for california's workers at the sacramento bee