A troubling trend is emerging with regard to unemployment numbers in California. While employment rates numbers over the past few months appear to be improving, it is only partially due to more Californians returning to work. In actuality, it has to do with a concerning portion of the workforce simply leaving entirely, meaning that they are no longer seeking work at all. As we’ve continued to advocate to the state, we believe that the increasing demands on working parents due to unstable childcare landscapes have required that many parents simply opt out from work. The state has pegged the number of people who have stopped looking for work at almost 40,000. This issue will remain front of mind as we near the June 15 reopening.