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Just Released Statistics Show Unemployment Is Down Statewide, As Well As On The Central and South Coasts

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Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties all showed dips in their jobless rates.

Ventura County went from 6.8% in February to 6.4% in March. Santa Barbara County’s jobless rate dropped from 7.2%, to 6.6%. And, San Luis Obispo County also showed improvement, with February’s 6.3% unemployment rate going to 5.5% last month.

The month to month statewide unemployment rate dropped from 8.5% in February, to 8.3% in March. Despite the improvement, unemployment is still around double in the state than it was pre-pandemic.