Unemployment Continues to Drop in Murrieta, County

The unemployment rate in Murrieta dipped in September, with 2,200 people reportedly out of work.

Murrieta's unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent last month—one-tenth of a percentage above the national rate of 7.8 percent—based on preliminary numbers released Friday by state officials.

The city's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in September, based on preliminary estimates, declined five-tenths of a percentage point from August, when the rate was 8.4 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.

At least 2,200 people were unemployed in Murrieta last month, compared to the city's unemployment rate of 9.2 percent—or 2,600 people—a year ago.

In neighboring Temecula, the preliminary jobless rate in September was 8.2 percent, and 9. 5 one year ago.

Menifee saw an unemployment rate of 12.8 in September, which was above the Riverside County rate of 12 percent.

All but a few sectors in the county expanded payrolls, according to state data.

The county rate fell almost nearly a full percentage point from 12.7 percent last Month, and was more than two 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, more than a percentage point higher than at the national level.

—Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

Susan Marsh October 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Unemployment rate is based on persons drawing unemployment benefits. Who is counting the people who are not working but their benefits have run out (or who have taken minimum wage jobs that can't support them)?
censored messenger October 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
These statistics are cooked; the actual rate is about 26%, if you include those who have given up and left the workforce to subsist 'on the dole' and handouts, or criminal pursuits Our Great "Recession" will last another decade so get used to it..Unless we have a major war
Sandra P October 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Dropping because some have been unemployed so long they are off the grid and/or have taken minimum wage jobs to feed their families.
Mr. Logical October 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Some people just can't stand good news. Don't worry Repubs....we won't give Obama credit for this good news. We will just thank the good Lord.
The Republican October 22, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Mr , Logical is Mr Dumbass. Give Obama credit for what? You can fool some of the people some of the time by cooking numbers but reality will rule the day in a few weeks when Obama gets the boot for failing with his Hope And Change Bullshit.
Taking Care of Tippy October 22, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Or have never been able to get a job in the first place, the kids getting out of high school who can't afford to go to college. Or maybe they've just left the state altogether. If there weren't so many military people living in Murrieta and Temecula, the population wouldn't be as high and the percentage of unemployed would go up. We are happy to have the military here - just stating another fact.
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JRN February 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I guess he did not get the BOOT. I wonder why.


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