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RivCo Unemployment Rate Rises

13% unemployment reported county-wide

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
showed.

The state's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was 10.9 percent.

Ern Batavia August 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Of course, unless you're a Koolaid drinker, you realize that the true number is probably in the 20% area - if not above.
Ron Moon August 18, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Ironic, while people in the Private sector struggle to make ends meet, our Elected Officials don't miss a meal. Not only are they eating well, as in the case of the Sherriffs Department, they are recieving raises. This was done with the approval of our Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit 760-863-8211. A man who not only makes his living off of Taxpayer Dollars but recieves a State Pension. All Legal. When was the last time we had an Elected Official try to eliminate Double Dipping? The answer is never. I did I forget to mention the generous Medical Plans available to him as well? They put on the "Longface" and tell us they feel our pain.
John August 19, 2012 at 05:08 AM
could not have agreed with you more Ron

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