Kern County unemployment rate drops slightly last month

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California’s unemployment rate has never been as low as it was last month and Kern County saw a decline as well.

The Employment Development Department says the state’s unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent.

Locally, Kern County’s jobless rate fell to 8.3 percent.

In April 2017, the rate was 9.9 percent.

Education and health services saw the biggest gains locally, adding 300 jobs last month.

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