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Job numbers solid for Empire

The Inland Empire posted a 3.9 percent unemployment rate in September, down from 4.3 percent in August and well below the 6.4 percent predicted one year earlier.

That number was not adjusted to account for seasonal factors that affect the job market, according to the State Employment Development Department.

In comparison, California’s and the nation’s unadjusted unemployment rates last month were 3.7 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

California’s adjusted unemployment rate in September was 3.9 percent, the same number recorded in July and the lowest ever recorded by the state.

Statewide, non-agricultural employment increased by 91,900 jobs, a 5.8 percent change year-over-year, while the agricultural sector dropped 100 jobs.

Trade, transportation, and utilities added 30,900 jobs, while transportation, warehousing and utilities increased by 22,000 jobs, the EDD reported.

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