Richmond unemployment rate increases in March to 11.5-percent

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The unemployment rate in Richmond increased in March to 11.5 percent, a percentage point higher than in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

The unemployment rate in Richmond was 11.5 percent in March, a percentage point higher than in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Of the 54,000 workers who make up the city’s labor force, 47,900 were employed in March, the data showed.

Richmond’s December unemployment rate had been the city’s lowest since June 2008, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay.

San Pablo’s March unemployment rate of 14.3-percent was one of the county’s highest. The same month’s figure for Contra Costa County remained steady at 7-percent, while the state’s unemployment rate of 8.1-percent was only slightly improved from 8 percent in February.

The addition of 11,800 net new jobs statewide in March was “a meager showing,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

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