Riverside County jobless rate decreased, before COVID-19 shutdowns


The unemployment rate in Riverside County dropped slightly in February, compared to the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday, March 27, although the numbers predate the massive shutdowns that have occurred since due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The jobless rate in February, based on preliminary estimates, was 4.1%, compared to 4.2% in January, according to the California Employment Development Department. A seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the county was unavailable.

The February unemployment rate was four-tenths of a percentage point below the February 2019 rate, which was 4.5%, according to the EDD.

Roughly 45,700 residents were out of work in February, and 1,105,00 were employed, according to the EDD.

Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide at 9.6%, followed by the unincorporated community of East Hemet at 6.5%, with the unincorporated communities of Highgrove and Lakeland Village tied at 6.4%.

The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in February was 4%, down from 4.1% in January.

Bi-county data indicated a gain of 7,200 non-farm jobs to 1,550,300.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9% in February, the same rate as January, but below the 4.3% rate in February 2019.