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RivCo Unemployment Drops to 12%

Officials say jobs increased in all but two sectors in September

Riverside County's unemployment rate fell to 12 percent last month, with all but a few sectors expanding payrolls, state officials reported today.

The county's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in September, based on
preliminary estimates, declined nearly one percentage point from August, when the rate was 12.7 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The rate was almost two percentage points below the level of a year ago,
when unemployment stood at 13.9 percent.

Riverside County's civilian labor force numbered 937,400 people, with
112,300 out of work, according to figures.

The city of Cabazon had the highest unemployment rate countywide, at
29.4 percent, followed by Mecca at 23.7 percent and Homeland at 23.2 percent, according to the EDD.

The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties
in September was 11.6 percent, down from 12.3 percent the prior month.

Bi-county data indicated that payrolls expanded in all but the
manufacturing and hospitality sectors, which shed a total 1,000 jobs in
September. Another 800 jobs were cut in non-categorized industries.

The professional and business services sector posted the largest
increase -- 1,200 positions -- while the number of jobs added in the remaining
sectors, including agriculture, also totaled around 1,200.

The state's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was 9.7 percent.

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