Riverside County’s unemployment rate edged up last month, despite gains in some sectors.
The jobless rate in October, based on preliminary estimates, was 4.4 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department.
The rate was a half percentage point lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.9 percent.
Roughly 48,000 residents were out of work in October, and 1,051,600 were employed, according to the EDD.
Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide at 12.9 percent, followed by the unincorporated community of Cabazon at 11.4 percent and Winchester at 7.7 percent.
The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties last month was 4.1 percent, unchanged from September.
Bi-county data indicated payrolls expanded by the widest margin in the public sector, which added 7,900 positions, mainly in education, as teachers and support staff from grade schools, two-year and four-year colleges returned from summer hiatus.
The professional services sector added the next-highest number of workers — 3,700, while the agricultural, hospitality, health services, financial services, information technology, retail trade and manufacturing sectors altogether added another 6,300 jobs regionally, according to the EDD.
The construction sector shed 900 positions in October, and about 300 positions were eliminated in miscellaneous uncategorized industries.
The state’s non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in October was 4 percent, the EDD reported.
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