Banning

Unemployment Rate In Banning Hits 19.7%, Beaumont At 15.2%

BANNING/BEAUMONT, CA — Amid the public health emergency that shuttered large swaths of the local economy, the May 2020 unemployment rate in Banning was higher than the county and state, while Beaumont was lower, according to figures released Friday.

Banning’s jobless rate for May, based on preliminary estimates, was 19.7%, while Beaumont was at 15.2%, compared to 15.8% countywide, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The state’s jobless rate in May was 15.9%, the figures showed.

April’s unemployment rates were 17.4% in Banning and 13.9% in Beaumont, while the county was at 15.6%.

The county’s May rate was over 12 percentage points higher than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 3.6%.

The EDD’s online database, which supplies regional metrics that begin in January 1990, indicated in April that the last time the jobless rate was close to the current high mark was in July 2010, when 14.5%

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