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Latest Numbers Show Little Change In Unemployment Numbers For Central, South Coasts

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Just released state unemployment numbers show little monthly change on the Central and South Coasts.

The State Employment Development Department released January's numbers Friday.

Ventura County's 7.4% jobless rate in December remained unchanged in January. 

Santa Barbara County's total went up slightly, from 7.3% in December to 7.7% in January.  And, San Luis Obispo County held steady for both months at 6.7%.

The state as a whole showed some improvement, dipping from 9.3% unemployment in December to 9% even in January.  But, it's more than double the 4.2% pre-pandemic number for the state in January of 2020.