One Million California Residents Seek Unemployment Following Newsom’s Shutdown

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As our nation seeks effective ways to halt the spread of COVID-19, we’re also seeing the dangers of a cure that’s worse than the problem itself. This is a matter which President Trump continues to warn Americans about, citing his interest in re-opening the nation very soon.


At this time, multiple cities and states across the country are shut down in the attempt to stop coronavirus. So-called “non-essential” workers are thereby banned from leaving their homes unless they’re going places like grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. However, mass shutdowns of entire cities and states are having real consequences.

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for the whole Golden State. Now, one million California residents are seeking unemployment benefits, as documented by Townhall.

Reviewing the Rampant Surge of Files for Unemployment in California

When announcing his state-wide, compulsory shutdown, Newsom cited this measure as necessary to tackle coronavirus. However, California is comprised of 40 million people and extremely hefty living costs. In his shutdown, Newsom stated that “non-essential” workers are not allowed to leave home to go to their jobs; furthermore, all “non-essential” businesses are closed until further notice.

As many people anticipated, Newsom’s state-wide shutdown is having horrible economic consequences. Millions of California residents are quite literally unable to work at this time; to make matters even worse, there is no foreseeable end in sight to this.

Therefore, one million individuals in the state have filed for unemployment benefits in the struggle to pay bills and remain financially afloat.

A Balanced Approach to Fighting COVID-19

Gavin Newsom, like many other Democrat governors and mayors across America, has failed to take a balanced approach to fighting COVID-19. Because of his shortsightedness, countless Californians are suffering and will continue to do so for quite some time.


Newsom and other “shut it all down” proponents would do well to take some pointers from President Trump. The president continues to remind Americans that the cure to coronavirus can’t be worse than the virus itself. This is why Trump is focused on both ending COVID-19 and preserving the economy.

Two things can be true at once: we must defeat coronavirus, but we must also not destroy our nation’s jobs and economy in the process. In light of the massive fallout, Newsom’s decision to shut virtually everything down is a prime example of what NOT to do.

Do you think Californians will ever come back from countless businesses and people being simultaneously out of work for who knows how long? Is Newsom’s “cure” to coronavirus worse than the problem itself? Let us know in the comments section below!