Unemployment is up nationwide and continues to hover around one in ten people looking for work here in the Eastern Sierra. main_st._bishop

The California Economic Development Department released the numbers for statewide unemployment numbers last week. The numbers for individual counties came out this week.

For California as a whole, unemployment continues to rise and is now at 12.2% for the month of August which is higher than July which checked in at 11.9% unemployment. The unemployment rate for the United States is now listed at 9.7%, also up over July.

The two counties of the Eastern Sierra continue to see a slight monthly uptick in the unemployment rate, but are among the lowest in the state when it comes to people looking for work.

For the Month of August, Mono County checked in with an unemployment rate of 10.5%, down slightly from the revised 10.9% in July. 850 people are currently out of work and looking for work according to the latest numbers from EDD. Unemployment in Mono County is up over August 2008, which checked in at 6%.

For Inyo County, the July numbers were revised upward to 10%. Right now the state lists 9.9% unemployment for the month of August, so not much change there. August of 2008 was listed at 6.7%. The preliminary numbers for August of this year also show 900 people out of work and looking.

Inyo County has the eighth lowest unemployment rate in the state. Mono County checks in at number 14. Imperial County, with 28.7% unemployment continues to hold the highest unemployment of the 58 counties in California.

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