Farm job growth boosted local employment in December

EL CENTRO — The Imperial County unemployment rate in December dropped below 20 percent for the first time since June, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

EDD said its preliminary estimate for the county’s unemployment rate last month is 19.4 percent. That follows a rate of 21.1 percent in October and a recent peak of 24.4 percent in July.

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