Santa Cruz County's Unemployment Rate Drops in May

Things are looking better in Santa Cruz, worse in Watsonville.

State and county jobless rates declined slightly in May, according to a report released on June 15 by state employment officials.

The state's unemployment rate in May was 10.8 percent according to the California Employment Development Department, down slightly from April's 10.9 percent rate.

Santa Cruz County's unemployment rate was at 10.4 percent in May, down from 11.4 in April, and 12.4 in May 2011.

Santa Cruz is faring better than the county, with 8.7 percent unemployment.

Scotts Valley has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the county at 5 percent, while Watsonville has the highest number of unemployed individuals at 21.9 percent.

Unemployment figures in other Santa Cruz County cities are:

City       Unemployment Rate    Aptos 4.1 percent Ben Lomond   4.3 percent Boulder Creek        12 percent Capitola 5.9 percent Santa Cruz 8.7 percent Scotts Valley 5 percent Soquel 7.9 percent Watsonville 21.9 percent

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Robert Thomas June 22, 2012 at 07:26 AM
However, bear in mind that FEDED was cut off as of May 12. This means a fair number of people couldn't file any more claims as of the middle of May. Was this figured into the data? Seems like that could skew it quite a bit.
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