October Riverside County Unemployment – Report: County’s Jobless Rate Rises Slightly in October

Connor Forbes
Connor Forbes
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Combined Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Source: Employment Development Dept.

October Riverside County Unemployment

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Despite gains in the regional economy, Riverside County’s unemployment rate ticked up last month, according to figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

The countywide jobless rate in October, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was 5.2%, compared to 5.1% in September.

According to figures, the October rate was roughly a percentage point above the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.1%.

An estimated 60,300 county residents were recorded as out of work last month, and 1,100,700 were employed, according to EDD.

Mecca had the highest unemployment rate countywide in September at 12.6%, followed by Coachella at 11%. 

The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties — the Inland Empire — last month was 5.1%, up from 4.9% in September, the EDD said.

Bi-county data indicated that payrolls only declined in miscellaneous unclassified industries, which shed about 200 jobs.

The information technology and mining sectors were unchanged, while the public sector swelled by 8,000 positions regionally, mainly as a result of educational institutions going back to regular schedules following summer recess.

That represented the largest single-sector increase.

Payrolls also grew in the agricultural, transportation, hospitality, health services, professional business services, financial services, construction and manufacturing sectors, which altogether added an estimated 19,000 jobs, according to figures.

October Riverside County Unemployment 2023.
Combined Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Source: Employment Development Dept.

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