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Local unemployment 2nd highest in the nation

(El Centro does not have the highest jobless rate)…..Not according to the latest numbers.

The latest unemployment data was released Tuesday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data covers metropolitan areas throughout the United States. According to the latest number Yuma has the highest unemployment in the nation with 26.5 %. El Centro comes in second with a jobless rate of 21.1%. El Centro metropolitan area covers all of Imperial County, at least according to this report. The data indicates there were 16,700 unemployed locally last month. This is out of a workforce of 79,400. The California Economic Forecast, however, say the local numbers are not that bad. They say joblessness is a hallmark of farming communities. They say that is just life as an agricultural worker.