Riverside County’s unemployment rate climbed to nearly 5% last month, spurred by cyclical losses in education and agriculture, state officials reported Friday.
The jobless rate in July, based on preliminary estimates, was 4.8%, compared to 4.4% in June, according to the California Employment Development Department.
The rate was an exact match to the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment also stood at 4.8%, figures showed.
Roughly 52,200 residents were out of work in July, and 1,041,200 were employed, according to the EDD.
The unincorporated community of Cabazon had the highest unemployment rate countywide at 10.7%, followed by Coachella at 9.6% and the unincorporated community of Highgrove at 8.2%.
The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in July was 4.6%, up from 4.3% in June, officials said.
Bi-county data indicated payrolls expanded by the widest margin in the business and professional services sector, which added an estimated 2,900 positions last month.
Additional gains were recorded in the retail trade, health services, financial services, construction and manufacturing sectors, which altogether expanded by 5,600 jobs, according to the EDD. The mining and information technology sectors were unchanged.
Payrolls contracted by the widest margin in the public sector, which shed 16,300 positions in July, mostly as a result of teachers and support workers in public education going on summer break, according to data.
The agricultural sector shed 3,300 jobs, while miscellaneous unclassified industries reported a loss of roughly 400 jobs, figures showed.
The EDD said the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate in July was 4.1%, which ties a record low.
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