State Sees Rise in Unemployment Rate in July

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:55:17 -0800

SACRAMENTO (KRON)—California’s unemployment rate rose in July, according to a report from the state’s Employment Development Department.

The EDD said Friday despite a rise in total jobs since the beginning of the year, the state’s unemployment rate rose from 11.8 percent in June to 12 percent in July. The national unemployment rate fell during the month to 9.1 percent.

In the Bay Area, Marin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 8.1 percent, while Solano County had the highest at 12.2 percent. 

The department said those receiving unemployment benefits began receiving them through an EDD debit card on July 8th, making the payment process more secure than the previous method of distributing checks.

EDD says the transition from check to debit card will occur over the next several months and customers will be notified by mail the week they are switched to the debit card method. 

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