RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The unemployment rate in Riverside County slid for the second consecutive month amid gains in multiple sectors, state officials reported Friday, Aug. 21. The jobless rate in July, based on preliminary estimates, was 13.7%, compared to 14.7% in June, according to the California Employment Development Department. The July rate was 9 percentage points higher than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.7%. The EDD's online database, which supplies regional metrics that begin in January 1990, indicated that the jobless rate in May was the highest ever documented countywide, a record-setting 15.9%. As with the rest of the nation, the avalanche of unemployment claims was tied to the public health shutdowns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Since th
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