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Unemployment Spikes On Central, South Coasts; State Figure Goes From 8.1% To 9%

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The Central and South Coasts are seeing the impacts of the latest COVID-19 related shutdowns, with a spike in unemployment numbers.  After several months of improvement, the jobless numbers increased throughout the region in December.

Unemployment in Ventura County went from 6.3% in November to 7.5% in December.  Santa Barbara climbed from 5.8% to 7.6%.  And, San Luis Obispo County went from a 5.5% unemployment rate in November to 6.7% last month.

The statewide number also showed a substantial bump up, going from an 8.1% jobless rate in November to an even 9% in December.

The news comes as the state’s Employment Development Department continues to grapple with a huge backlog of unemployment claims, as well as ongoing concerns about unemployment fraud.