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COVID-19

Unemployment Drops On Central, South Coasts But Stats Don't Include Impacts Of New Shutdowns

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Despite the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the Central and South Coasts, unemployment continued to drop in the region in November.

In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 6.9% in October to 6.3% in November.  Santa Barbara County showed a three-tenths of a percent month-to-month drop, from 6.1% to 5.8%.  And, San Luis Obispo County went from a 5.9% unemployment rate in October to 5.4% in October.

But, there are questions about what will happen to the downward trend because of the impacts of the latest stay-at-home and shutdown orders.

The statewide unemployment rate dropped from 9% in October to 8.2% in November.  But, compare that to November of 2019’s pre-coronavirus number of 3.9% unemployment.