Unemployment in the Eastern Sierra is down according to state numbers, but close to one in ten workers is still looking for a job.
In Mono County, the unemployment rate is down. The latest numbers for the state list September at 10.3%, which is down from the revised August rate of 10.6%. While down over August, September unemployment is up over September of 2008 by 3.8%.
810 people are still looking for work in Mono County, according to the state, but the unemployment rate also does not reflect those that have retired or given up looking for work.
Inyo County continues to hover around 10% unemployment. Revised numbers for August put unemployment at 9.9%, this has dropped for September, which is listed at 9.5%. This is up 2.6% over September of 2008.
There are currently 860 people looking for work in Inyo County, according to the state numbers.
The unemployment numbers do not reflect people who have a job but have to work part time when theyd rather work full time. Statewide, about 9% of the people with jobs fall into this category.
While the National unemployment rate rose for the month of September to 9.8%, California dropped from 12.3% in August to 12.2% for September. Both Inyo and Mono Counties continue to come in under the state average for unemployment.