Unemployment in Kern dropped slightly in April

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The unemployment rate in Kern County had a slight dip last month.

April’s unemployment rate was 10.7 percent, down from 11.1 percent in March, according to the state Employment Development Department. It’s a drastic change from the April 2020 rate of 18.6 percent.

The rate statewide for April was 8.1 percent, and 5.7 percent for the nation.

Kern’s unemployment rate ranked 53rd out of the state’s 58 counties, with 40,100 people unemployed, according to EDD.

Gov. Gavin Newsom released the following statement April’s jobs report, which showed the state added 101,800 jobs:

“California is continuing to lead the nation’s economic recovery, adding 101,800 jobs in April – 38 percent of all the jobs created throughout the entire country. Over the past three months, California has created 390,300 jobs. But we’re not letting up, the California Comeback Plan is the biggest economic recovery package in the state’s history and will provide historic investments in small businesses and workers to bring California roaring back.”

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