Feb 10, 2014
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Good news from the California Employment Development Department: Richmond’s unemployment rate of 10.5-percent in December is the lowest since June 2008, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in December, the lowest since October 2008, while the rate nationwide was 6.7-percent, the EDD reported last month.

In his weekly report, Lindsay also said 195 new business licenses were issued in Richmond between July 1 and Dec. 31, bringing 426 jobs. Business license filings showed “a steady increase this fiscal year,” he said.

One recent new business is the nonprofit Tissue Banks International (TBI), which moved its staff of 90 from San Rafael to 880 Harbor Way South in Richmond last month.

During her recent State of the City speech, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin mentioned relative newcomers Planet Fitness and Magick Lantern to the city.

Any other new Richmond businesses we’re forgetting to mention? Let us know.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.