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Jobs Report Considered a Mixed Bag
Jobs Report Considered a Mixed Bag

Inland Empire job market a mixed bag

The Inland Empire registered an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in January, up from a revised 5.1 percent in December but down from 5.9 percent exactly one year earlier, according to data released Friday.

California recorded a 5.5 percent unemployment rate during the first month of 2017, the state Employment Development Department reported in its monthly assessment of the state job market.

Between December 2016 and January 2017, Riverside and San Bernardino counties lost approximately 19,900 non-agricultural jobs, including an estimated 16,500 jobs lost in trade, transportation and utilities.

Seven other sectors in the Inland Empire posted losses during that time, including professional and business services, education and health services and construction. Government posted the largest gain of any sector, adding 1,300 jobs during that time.

Year-over-year, the Inland Empire added 44,100  non-agricultural jobs in January,  according to the department.


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