COVID-19 cost an estimated 284,000 creative jobs in California

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a big toll on California’s creative economy, causing the loss of an estimated 284,000 jobs in fashion, entertainment, digital media and arts institutions, according to a new report.

Counting indirect job losses as well, the state shed an estimated 678,000 positions from February through August, independent research firm Beacon Economics concluded in a study for the Otis College of Art and Design.

The job declines cost an estimated $58.4 billion in lost labor income and shrank the state’s total economic output by $160.7 billion during the six-month period, the Otis report said.

Hollywood and other creative industries are major employers in the region, and many companies have yet to restart work in the entertainment capital of the world. Film production has not fully resumed for major TV and film productions, as unions and producers only recently agreed on terms for a safe return to work. …

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