The county lost the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the state, according to data released by the state’s Employment Development Department. The jobless rate fell from 27.3 percent in December to 25.1 in January.
Imperial County still had a reported 20,400 unemployed residents in the labor force, according to state data.
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In total 400 more jobs were filled, all in the farming industry, according to the data. The two industries that lost jobs were government and trade, transportation and utilities.
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