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Unemployment continues to drop on Central and South Coasts

California Employment Development Department Graphic
California's jobless rate remained steady from month-to-month at 7.5%, but the Central and South Coasts had major drops in jobless numbers.

Region faring much better job-wise than state as a whole.

The unemployment picture continues to improve on the Central, and South Coasts, although it’s still not quite down to pre-pandemic levels.

The jobless rate in Ventura County dipped from 6.2% in August to 5.3% in September. Santa Barbara County went from 5.5% to 4.7% month-to--month.

And, San Luis Obispo County also showed major improvement, with the number of people out of work dropping from 5.5% in August to 4.6% in September.

Statewide, the unemployment rate held steady, at 7.5% for both August and September. Californnia and Nevada are tied with having the highest unemployment rates in the country.

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.