BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County’s unemployment rate saw a small decline last month compared to April.
The county unemployment rate was 10.1% in May, down from a revised 10.6% in April, according to new data from the state Employment Development Department. The rate is below the 16.9% unemployment rate the county had in May 2020.
The local unemployment rate is still higher than the state’s, which was 7.5% in May.
Kern County gained 7,400 jobs in May, with nearly all of the gains coming from the agriculture industry. Statewide, more than 100,000 jobs were gained last month.
“Our health-centric approach has saved lives, resulting in one of the lowest case rates and the most vaccinations in the country – now, we’re leading the nation in health and economic outcomes,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom. “We’ve regained more than half the jobs we lost over the past year, but there’s still a long way to go – that’s why we’re making historic investments in small business tax cuts and grants, tax rebates for two-thirds of California families and rent relief for those hardest hit by the pandemic.”