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New Numbers Show Continued Unemployment Dip On Central, South Coasts

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State also shows slight jobless drop

Unemployment is continuing to drop on the Central and South Coasts.

Just-released state statistics show Ventura County’s jobless rate went from 6.1% in April to 5.8% in May. Santa Barbara County saw a dip from 5.9% to 5.4%. And, San Luis Obispo County dropped from a 5.5% unemployment rate in April to 5.2% in May.

Statewide, the jobless number dipped one-tenth of a percent, going from 8% in April to 7.9% in May. The state added more than 100,000 jobs in the last month. But, the state still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.