Imperial County recorded the second-highest unemployment rate in the state for February, reporting 21 percent of the labor force was unemployed, according to data released today by the state Employment Development Department. The number is a decrease from January’s estimate, though overall the county lost jobs.

Imperial County was second to Colusa County, which had a February unemployment rate of 24.2 percent.

Digital Media News Editor Elizabeth Varin can be reached at or 760-337-3441.

As the Digital Media News Editor, I am in charge of editorial content on website. I also produce multimedia and stories. I am a past fellow with the California Endowment Health Journalism through the USC Annenberg school and a Chico State graduate.

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