The unemployment rate for the El Centro Metropolitan Area dropped below 30 percent in November, though that number is still the highest in the nation, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The metropolitan area, which includes all of Imperial County, had an unemployment rate of 27.2 percent, more than the second highest unemployment rate, Yuma with 23.7 percent. The national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in November.
The number of people reportedly unemployed fell from 23,800 in October to 20,700 in November. However, that doesn’t mean 3,100 jobs were created. The Imperial County labor force, the number of people classified as employed or unemployed by the bureau, also dropped between those two months, from 78,100 people down 76,200 people, according to the data.