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Unemployment Spikes On Central, South Coasts Due To Coronavirus; Biggest Hike Statewide Since 1976

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Just released unemployment figures show how hard the coronavirus crisis is hitting the state’s economy, with the largest hike since 1976.  The jobless rate went from a record low of 3.9% in February to 5.3% in March.

The numbers are expected to continue to grow in April.

The Central and South Coasts are reflecting the statewide trend. 

The jobless rate in Ventura County went from 3.7% in February to 4.6% in March.  Santa Barbara County’s unemployment figure increased by a full percent from month to month, going from 4.6% to 5.6%.  And, San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate went from 3% in February to 3.8% in March.

Two thirds of the job losses reported statewide in March were in the leisure and restuarant industries.