With modest gains in multiple sectors offset by losses in others, Riverside County’s jobless rate was unchanged last month, according to figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
The unemployment rate in April, based on preliminary estimates, was 7.6% — the same recorded in March, according to the EDD.
The April rate was more than eight percentage points lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 16% — the highest it would go amid the coronavirus public health lockdowns.
About 83,000 residents were out of work last month, and 1,016,000 were employed, according to the EDD.
Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide last month at 13.7%, followed by Mecca at 11.9%, Hemet at 11.4%, Winchester at 11.2%, and Desert Hot Springs at 10.8%.
The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in April was also 7.6%, down from 7.7% in March, according to the EDD.
Bi-county data indicated that, as in March, payrolls expanded by the widest margin in the hospitality sector, which added 4,500 positions last month, with the professional business services sector posting the next-highest amount — 2,600.
Additional gains were recorded in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing and health services sectors, which altogether added 4,100 jobs. Another 600 jobs were created in miscellaneous unclassified industries.
The financial services and information technology sectors were unchanged in April.
The government, transportation and warehousing sectors posted the only losses, totaling nearly 5,000 jobs, according to data.
The statewide non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in April was 8.1%.
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