Workforce growth drives county unemployment rate up in June

EL CENTRO — The addition of nearly 1,400 jobs in Imperial County wasn’t enough to prevent a nearly 1.4 percentage point rise in civilian unemployment in June, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department.

The estimated unemployment rate for June in Imperial County was 17.5 percent. That’s up from May’s revised figure of 16.1 percent, but still an improvement on the 26.5 percent the county posted in June 2020.

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