County’s jobless rate comes down half a point in April

Gains throughout the regional economy pushed Riverside County’s unemployment rate lower last month, according to figures released Friday, May 19, by the California Employment Development Department.The countywide jobless rate in April, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was 4.1%, compared to 4.6% in March.According to figures, the April rate was four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 3.7%.An estimated 47,300 county residents were recorded as out of work in April, and 1,095,100 were employed, according to EDD.Mecca had the highest unemployment rate countywide last month at 10.2%, followed by Coachella at 7.6%, Cherry Valley at 7.5%, Rancho Mirage at 5.9% and Hemet at 5.8%.The combined unemployment rate f
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