Number of Counties with Unemployment Over 10% Plunges, Report Shows

A recent report from the Employment Development Department shows that in May, unemployment rates have dropped significantly from the previous month. In April, 24 of California’s 58 counties had unemployment rates higher than 10%, yet in May, the number dropped to only 13 counties with unemployment rates higher than the 10% benchmark.

Imperial County currently has the state’s highest unemployment rate, with 21% of the area’s working force looking for a job, but it did see a drop from 21.6% in April. Colusa County—another county struggling with unemployment—saw its rate drop significantly, from 19.8% to 15.6%. Sonoma County’s unemployment dropped to a six-year low.

On the flipside, Los Angeles County saw a slight raise in their unemployment rate, which rose to 8% from April’s 7.6%. But, in a county as large as LA, the .4% means that the amount of people searching for jobs went from 377,800 to 396,100.

Across the entire state, unemployment dropped from 7.8% in April to 7.6% in May. The national rate stayed the same at 6.3%. 

It’s also important to keep things in perspective. Studies show that since the state’s economic recovery began in February of 2010, California gained 1,327,000 jobs. 

Read more about the unemployment rates here.


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