After a six-month decline, the unemployment rate in Riverside County jumped back up amid losses in several economic sectors at the end of 2020, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
The jobless rate in December, based on preliminary estimates, was 9.1%, compared to 7.8% in November, the EDD reported.
The December rate was over five percentage points higher than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 3.6%. About 100,000 residents were out of work last month, and 1,008,300 were employed, according to the EDD.
Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide at 15.2%, followed by Desert Hot Springs at 14.1% the unincorporated communities of East Hemet at 13.8%, Highgrove at 13.6%, and Lakeland Village, also at 13.6%.
The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in December was 9.1%, down from 7.9% in November.
Bi-county data indicated payrolls plummeted by the widest margin in the leisure and hospitality industry, which shed 8,600 jobs.
Other losses were recorded in the public, manufacturing and mining sectors, which altogether contracted by 2,100 positions, while payrolls in miscellaneous unclassified industries shrank by 1,800.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector had the largest payroll expansion last month, adding 4,100 jobs, largely in retail trade. Additional gains were recorded in the construction, health services, financial, information technology and professional business services sectors, which altogether expanded by 5,100 jobs, data showed.
The agricultural sector was unchanged.
The statewide jobless rate in December was 8.8%.