With losses in all but a couple of sectors, Riverside County's unemployment rate climbed to 13 percent last month, state officials reported today.
The county's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate, based on preliminary
estimates, was four-tenths of a percentage point higher than in June but well
below the level of a year ago, when it hit 14.6 percent, according to the
California Employment Development Department.
Riverside County's civilian labor force numbered 942,600 people, with
122,100 out of work, the EDD reported.
The city of Cabazon had the highest unemployment rate countywide, at
31.3 percent, followed by Mecca at 25.4 percent and Homeland at 24.9 percent,
according to the EDD.
The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties
in July was 12.7 percent, up from 12.6 percent the prior month.
Bi-county data indicated that payrolls shrank in all but the
construction and manufacturing sectors, which added a total 4,900 jobs in July.
The largest decline -- 14,900 positions -- was in local government
employment, mainly education, as teachers and other school workers dropped out of the workforce for summer recess.
More than 7,000 jobs were slashed in retail trade, financial, business
and health services, as well as leisure and hospitality. Farm sector payrolls
contracted by 4,000 after rising by an equal amount a month earlier, data
The state's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was 10.9 percent.