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Lake Elsinore, Wildomar Unemployment Continues To Drop

Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and Lakeland Village show improvement.

For the fifth month in a row, Riverside County's unemployment rate fell as most sectors of the regional economy expanded, state officials reported Friday.

Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and Lakeland Village also saw drops.

The county's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate in December, based on preliminary estimates, was 12.5 percent, compared with 12.8 percent in November, according to the California Economic Development Department.

The December figure was almost two percentage points below the year-ago level, when unemployment stood at 14.2 percent.

In Lake Elsinore, the non-seasonally adjusted December jobless rate was 12.1 percent, compared to 12.4 percent in November, according to the EDD data. The December figure was almost two percentage points below last year’s figure when unemployment was 13.8 percent in the city. Out of a civilian labor force of 17,300, 2,100 people were unemployed in Lake Elsinore during December 2011, according to the EDD.

Wildomar’s non-seasonally adjusted December jobless rate was 11 percent, compared to 11.3 percent in November, according to the data. The December figure was 1.5 percentage points below last year’s figure when unemployment was 12.5 percent in the city. Out of a civilian labor force of 8,200, 900 people in Wildomar were unemployed during December 2011, according to the EDD.

In Lakeland Village, where unemployment has seen chronic high jobless rates, the non-seasonally adjusted figure was 19.7 percent, compared to 20.1 percent in November, according to the data. The December figure was 1.5 percentage points below last year’s figure when unemployment was 22.1 percent in the unincorporated area. Out of a civilian labor force of 3,400, 700 people in Lakeland Village were unemployed during December 2011, according to the EDD.

Riverside County's civilian labor force numbered 918,800 people, with 114,700 unemployed, according to figures.

The city of Cabazon had the highest unemployment rate countywide, at 30.4 percent, followed by Mecca at 24.6 percent and Homeland at 24.1 percent, EDD data showed.

The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in December was 12.2 percent, down from 12.5 percent the prior month.

Bi-county data indicated the largest single-sector payroll expansion was in leisure and hospitality, which grew by 2,200 jobs.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector added 1,500 jobs last month, while payrolls in the educational and health services and professional and business services sectors expanded by a combined 2,900 positions.

About 1,400 farming jobs were created last month.

The mining, construction and manufacturing industries contracted, shedding a total 1,600 jobs, mostly in construction.

The state's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate in December was 10.9 percent, and the national rate was 8.5 percent.

More jobless numbers are scheduled to be published when the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics releases regional, state employment and unemployment data tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. --City News Service contributed to this report.

 

Fred E. Black January 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
That figure doesn't include all of us that have had our benefits run out, and not able to get a federal extension
Tonto January 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Also thousands of small business owners wiped out :(

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