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Unemployment up on Central, South Coasts for first time in months

California's jobless rate dropped in June, but Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties all showed increases.

Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties all show jobless numbers increases in June.

Unemployment has gone up on the Central and South Coasts for the first time in months.

In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 2.7% in May to 3.2% last month. Santa Barbara County went from 2.4% to 2.8%. And, San Luis Obispo County has also seen a month-to-month unemployment hike, moving from 2.1% of May to 2.6% in June.

The numbers had been dropping steadily for months to pre-pandemic levels.

Statewide, unemployment continued its downward trend, dropping down a percentage point from 4.3% to 4.2%.

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.