State Reports 95,000 Newly Unemployed

Friday, Nov 21, 2008  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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State Reports 95,000 Newly Unemployed

As the supply of jobs dries up, those on the demand side are facing increased competition for what's left.

More Californians are out of work from just a month ago, around 95,000 more of them.

According to new numbers released Friday by the state's Employment Development Department, California's unemployment rate jumped to 8.2% in October. That's up from 7.7% in September.

The jump is even bigger compared to a year ago, when the state unemployment rate was at 5.7 percent.

This translates to 1.5 million Californians now unemployed, 487,000 more than a year ago.

In San Diego County, the unemployment rate stands at 6.8%. Imperial County has the state's worst unemployment rate at 27.6%. Riverside County has a 10% unemployment rate and Orange County has a 6% unemployment rate.

The national unemployment rate also rose in October to 6.5%.

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