County’s jobless rate jumps to 5% in June

Payroll cuts in multiple sectors of the regional economy pushed Riverside County's unemployment rate up to 5% last month, according to figures released by the California Employment Development Department. The countywide jobless rate in June, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was six-tenths of a percentage point higher than in May, when the rate was 4.4%. According to figures, the June rate was nearly a full percentage point above the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.1%. An estimated 57,000 county residents were recorded as out of work last month, and 1,078,700 were employed, according to EDD. Mecca had the highest unemployment rate countywide in June at 12.2%, followed by Coachella at 9.2%, Cherry Valley at 9%, Hemet at 6.9%, and Idyllwild-Pine Cove at 6.8%. T
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