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After January spike, unemployment drops on Central, South Coasts in February

Employment Development Department
California's jobless rate is declining, but is still one of the highest in the nation.

State numbers also down, but California still has one of the highest jobless rates in the nation.

After a bump upwards in January, unemployment has once again dipped on the Central and South Coasts.

Just-released figures show the jobless rate in Ventura County went from 4.8% in January to 4.1% in February.

Santa Barbara County’s unemployment numbers declined from 4.8% to 4.3%. And, San Luis Obispo County’s numbers also dropped, going from 3.8% in January to 3.3% last month.

The state also showed improvement as a whole. California was at 5.7% unemployment in January, and it dropped to 5.4% in February. It’s one of the highest rates in the nation, but still much better than the 8.6% number for the same month a year ago.