County’s jobless rate starts year about where it was at close of 2020

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The unemployment rate in Riverside County began the year little changed from where it was at the end of 2020, with almost 9% of the workforce still displaced, according to figures released Friday, March 20, by the California Employment Development Department. The jobless rate in January, based on preliminary estimates, was 8.6%, compared to 8.7% in December, according to the EDD. The January rate was over four percentage points higher than the year- ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.2%. About 95,000 residents were out of work in January, and 1,010,200 were employed, according to the EDD. The agency posted the data outside of its usual schedule due to an annual statistical revision process, done in concert with the U.S. Department of Labor, known as “benchmarking
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