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Jobless numbers for Tri-Counties remain steady in two counties, and increase slightly in third.

Employment Development Department
California's jobless rate is up for the first time in months, but September's number was the lowest since the 1970's.

The state's unemployment numbers are up for the first time in months.

Just released unemployment figures for the Tri-Counties show two counties remaining unchanged for the last month, with a tiny uptick in the third.

Ventura County stayed flat from September to October, with a 3.3% jobless rate for both months. San Luis Obispo County was also unchanged, with a 2.5% unemployment rate for two months in a row.

Santa Barbara County went up slightly, going from 2.7% in September to 2.8% in October.

The statewide jobless rate showed the first increase in months, moving from 3.8% in September to 4% in October. But, September’s 3.8% was the lowest since the state started compiling unemployment records in 1976.

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