Colusa County’s unemployment rate improved in April compared to March, according to the latest figures released by the state Employment Development Department.
The area’s unemployment rate was 15.7 percent – compared to March’s 20.6 percent.
For the last few months, Colusa had the worst unemployment rate in the state. In April, the county was ranked 57th out of 58 counties – Imperial County was the only county with a higher unemployment rate of 16.2 percent.
The local figure still lagged behind the state’s rate (3.9 percent) and the national average (3.3 percent).
With the decrease in the unemployment rate, the area saw an increase of 160 jobs.
The biggest contributing factor to the improvement came from the farming industry, which added a total of 410 jobs in April. Other industries that saw growth include manufacturing (10 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (20 jobs); education and health services (30 jobs); and leisure and hospitality (20 jobs).