Valley Unemployment Rate Improves

October 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
New figures show some improvement in California's unemployment crisis. The statewide jobless rate is now at 12.2 percent, down a tenth of a percent.                  |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

Five of the six Valley counties remain well into double digits when it comes to their unemployment rate, but there are signs that things are improving.

Merced saw its rate improve from 16.6 percent in August to 15.7 ... nearly a full point.

Merced County's Worknet credits the recent opening of Kohl's department store ... and seasonal holiday hiring for the increase in jobs.

The government sector saw the biggest growth, with 12-hundred jobs added ... while construction remained one of the hardest hit sectors.

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