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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.

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. 
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