Just released unemployment figures for January are showing a spike in unemployment in the region.
Unemployment in Ventura County went from 9.4 percent in December, to 9.7 percent in January. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment increased from 8.5 percent in December to an even 9 percent in January.
Statewide, unemployment dropped between the two months, going from 11.2 percent in December, to 10.9 percent in January. The national unemployment rate for January was 8.3 percent.