As water supplies shrink due to the ongoing drought—the driest in the California’s recorded history—unemployment in the Central Valley’s agricultural industry is predicted to rise.
Unemployment rates rose in July in the Bay Area and statewide, even as the national unemployment rate declined, state officials said Friday.
State officials say California’s jobless rate remained at 9.8 percent in December, the same rate as in November.
California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.3 percent in November, the lowest it has been since May 2009.
With unemployment climbing toward 10 percent nationwide, and California’s rate already over 12 percent, it’s no wonder job applicants are a little desperate.
California’s high unemployment rate could trigger a sluggish retail season.