(February Unemployment)…They are the latest numbers available.

The numbers were released re3cently by the Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department. The jobless rate for February in Imperial County was down slightly, at 17.4 percent. That is down from a revised 18.4 percent in January, and above the year ago estimate of 16.5 percent. This compares to an unadjusted unemployment rate of 4.4 percent for the state and 4.3 percent for the nation during the same period. According to the estimate, there were 12,500 eligible workers unemployed out of a Labor Force of 71,800 in February.