The rate for Riverside County declined to 10.8 percent from 11.1 percent in July but was the highest in Southern California. (Note: Temecula's unemployment rate during August, according to preliminary figures, was 7.4 percent.)
Here's how the counties compared in August according to the state EDD:
- Orange County– 6.2%
- San Diego County – 7.4%
- Ventura County – 7.8%
- San Bernardino County – 10.0%
- Los Angeles County – 10.2%
- Riverside County – 10.8%
California's unemployment rate in August was 0.2 percentage points higher that the 8.7 percent recorded in July, but still well below the 10.4 percent rate in August a year ago, the state EDD reported.
By comparison, the overall unemployment rate in the United States was 7.3 percent in August, down from 7.4 percent in July and 8.1 percent a year ago.
The Golden State's non-farm payroll jobs increased by 29,100 during August for a total gain of 826,500 jobs since the economic recovery began in February 2010, the state EDD said.
The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.