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Temecula's Unemployment Rate Continues To Drop

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Temecula's unemployment rate at the end of 2013 was nearly 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier, state officials reported today.

The city's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in December, based on preliminary estimates, was 6.1 percent, compared to 7.5 percent in December 2012, according to the California Employment Development Department.

On a month-to-month level, the rate was down from November 2013 when unemployment stood at 6.5 percent.

The decrease is in line with Riverside County, which saw a non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in December of 9.1 percent, compared to 11.1 percent in December 2012, the figures show.

The county's rate last month was six-tenths of a percentage point lower than in November 2013, when unemployment stood at 9.7 percent.

The civilian labor force last month numbered 939,800 people, of whom 85,500 were out of work, EDD figures show.

The unincorporated community of Cabazon had the highest unemployment rate countywide, at 23.4 percent, followed by Mecca at 18.6 percent and Homeland at 18.2 percent, according to the EDD.

The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in December was 8.9 percent, down from 9.4 percent the prior month.

Bi-county data indicated major payroll expansion in retail trade and warehousing as the holiday shopping season peaked, with roughly 4,600 jobs added.

The professional and business services sector grew by 3,000 positions, while another 1,500 new jobs were created in leisure and hospitality, according to the EDD.

Losses were reported in the construction, manufacturing, information services and public sectors, which altogether shed around 3,000 jobs.

The farming sector added 1,300 hands, double from the month before.

The state's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate last month was 7.9 percent, according to the EDD. --City News Service and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.


TemeKoala January 24, 2014 at 05:12 PM
2 things: Always DOUBLE the unemployment rate, it doesn't accurately portray the amount of people out of work, it doesn't account for those that have given up looking for work. A more realistic number is 1 out of 4 or 1 out of 3 are still unemployed from the great collapse of 2008. Just being real, unemployment rates are a joke. Wal-Mart and McDonald's employees are all on food stamps because of typical corporate greed, not wanting to pay workers a decent salary with benefits that they can attempt to support a family with. So basically 1 out of 2 is unemployed because those who have jobs are holding crap jobs that can barely pay to fill up one tank of gas with, not to mention eat for the remainder of the week. Sad, but I will wait for an upper class elite white collar Temeculan that lives in a 6 bedroom house to tell me that you can make it if you work hard, well I got news for you there are plenty of hard workers out there, and hard work doesn't always pay off. We will continue to vote for politicians that outsource our jobs and make deals with corporate America. There will still be a rich white man in a mansion somewhere eyeballing your pension, eyeballing your 401k, eyeballing your social security, eyeballing your child for military service/slaving, and lastly a rich doctor who is eyeballing your kid and wants to prescribe him some candy. Don't believe anything you see, and only believe half of what you read. The Patch recently merged with Yahoo, so expect more and more phony stories backed by a corporate agenda. Things are only gonna get worse, I just hope for the best and look out for the people in your community, inform them, tell them to turn off the tv and to resist the establishment that controls our every move. Obama, Bush, you name it they are all corporate puppets that don't care about us. The choice lies in our hands, what are we gonna do about it?
Alek J Hidell January 24, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Lies. What it truly means is the more and more people do not qualify for UE benefits......................................... Hooray! All is well. Soon everyone's will run out and we can close down the department, a job well done...... Cheers!
David January 24, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Our current dictatorship wants us all on food stamps and well fare. Period. Unemployment numbers mean nothing. Liberals needs Conservatives to survive but Conservatives do not need Liberals to survive. Marinate on that one for a minute...
Aaron Powers January 24, 2014 at 08:36 PM
@David. I agree, but I am socially liberal, yet fiscally conservative. IMO, there's nothing liberal about today's liberal, and there's nothing conservative about today's conservative. Nobody seems to have any consistency in their political view points.
David January 24, 2014 at 08:50 PM
@Aaron Powers. The Constitution then?
David January 24, 2014 at 08:54 PM
@Aaron Powers. Sooner or later, "Change" becomes a failure and we get back to the roots. Liberal, Conservative, Tea Party.....it doesn't matter. America is a great place and it needs people that believe in MERICA to restore it.
Aaron Powers January 24, 2014 at 09:16 PM
@David. Yes, the Constitution is a great starting point. But, both today's liberals and conservatives pick and chose which part they like and don't like about it. It has to be all or nothing IMO. In other words, you can't say free speech, and then ban guns. It cannot work that way. Sadly, that's the country we have today.
THELASTONEONTHEPLANE January 25, 2014 at 04:14 PM
i work online making 2 bucks an hour, how's that a living wage? stupid how the gov't thinks cause you're making pennies, you're earning a living.
THELASTONEONTHEPLANE January 25, 2014 at 04:18 PM
expect more homeless people and people acting strangely out in public, the world is in hell... you know the saying "when hell freezes over" well that's kinda whats happening right now isn't??? sad.

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