County’s jobless rate drops in August

Gains outweighed losses throughout the regional economy last month, pushing the unemployment rate in Riverside County down, according to figures released Sept. 17 by the California Employment Development Department. The jobless rate in August, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was 7.6%, compared to 7.9% in July. The August rate was 4 percentage points lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 11.6%, amid the public health lockdowns. About 127,900 residents were recorded as out of work last month, and 1,028,400 were employed, according to EDD. Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide in August at 14.4%, followed by Mecca at 12%, Winchester at 11.2%, East Hemet at 10.9% and Desert Hot Springs at 10.8%. The combined unemployment rate for Riversi
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