Riverside County’s unemployment rate rises a notch

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Minor ripples in the regional economy pushed Riverside County’s unemployment rate up slightly last month, state officials said recently. The jobless rate in October, based on preliminary estimates, was 3.9%, compared to 3.8% in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The rate was nearly a half-percentage point lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.3%, figures showed. Roughly 43,000 residents were out of work in October, and 1,062,800 were employed, according to the EDD. Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide at 11.2%, followed by the unincorporated community of Cabazon at 8.8% and the unincorporated community of Highgrove at 6.7%. The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardi
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