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SB County unemployment rate returns to pre-pandemic levels

San Bernardino County’s unemployment rate in March dropped to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to a county agency.

Payrolls increased by nearly 10,000 to a record 976,000, while unemployment during the third month of the year fell to 4.3 percent, the Workforce Development Board reported last week.

That was the county’s lowest unemployment rate since February 2020 and a five percent drop from February 2022.

County payrolls are now 24,000 above where they were before the COVID-19 lockdown, one of the strongest recovery rates in California, the development board reported.

Eligible workers reached an all-time of a little more than one million. The county’s labor pool has surpassed one million for five consecutive months.

“These numbers continue to underscore the strength of our labor force here in San Bernardino County, as we fortify our role as one of the fastest-growing economic and population centers in the United States,” said Curt Hagman, board of supervisors chairman, in the statement.


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