County’s jobless rate rises marginally in May

Despite some gains in various sectors of the regional economy, Riverside County’s unemployment rate rose slightly last month, according to figures released by the California Employment Development Department. The countywide jobless rate in May, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was 4.4%, compared to 4.2% in April. According to figures, the May rate was a full percentage point higher than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 3.4%. An estimated 50,200 county residents were recorded as out of work in May, and 1,091,600 were employed, according to EDD. Mecca had the highest unemployment rate countywide last month at 10.8%, followed by Coachella at 8.5%, Cherry Valley at 8%, Hemet at 6.4% and Rancho Mirage at 6.2%. The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and S
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