Gains across most sectors push regional jobless rate lower

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Gains across most sectors of the regional economy pushed Riverside County’s unemployment rate lower last month, according to figures released by the California Employment Development Department.The jobless rate in March, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was 4.3%, compared to 5% in February.According to figures, the March rate was over four percentage points lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 8.4%, as the statewide coronavirus public health lockdowns were slowly eased.About 49,600 county residents were recorded as out of work in March, and 1,116,200 were employed, according to EDD.Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide in March at 9.6%, followed by Cherry Valley at 7.9%, Mecca at 6.8%, Hemet at 6.7% and Rancho Mirage at
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