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Unemployment Continues To Drop On Central, South Coasts But Still Around Double Pre-Covid Levels


The unemployment picture on the Central and South Coasts is continuing to show some improvement, but is still way above pre-COVID levels.

State figures show that in Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 8.3% in September to 7.1% in October.  Santa Barbara County shaved a full percent off its unemployment rate, moving from 7.3% in September to 6.3% in October. 

And, San Luis Obispo trimmed 1.2% in its latest total.  The county went from a 7.2% jobless rate in September to an even 6% in October.

The state as a whole showed improvement.  California's 11.1% unemployment rate in September plunged 1.8%, to 9.3% in October.  But, compare that to October 2019, when the state’s jobless rate was just 3.9%

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