Labor tight as Kern unemployment slides to 6.6% | News


Kern’s unemployment rate settled in July to a historically low 6.6 percent in another sign of labor market strength amid an economic recovery notable for its worker shortage.

State data out Friday showed the county’s jobless rate declined from a seasonally unadjusted 6.8 percent in June even as the number of non-farm laborers working in the county fell almost 2 percent month over month. May’s unemployment was pegged at 6.1 percent; in July 2021, it was estimated it at 10.6 percent.



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