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San Bernardino-Riverside Unemployment at 14.7% for July

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Senator Republican Leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), who represents portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in the California State Senate, called on his colleagues to do more in relieving the regulatory burdens that are restraining private-sector job creation after the release of July’s employment figures.

Figures released by the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) showed that more than 2.2 million California’s remain unemployed. The overall unemployment rate for the state increased to 12 percent, the second highest in the nation. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9.1 percent in July.

The unemployment picture in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties is substantially worse as the two-county area struggles with a jobless rate of 14.7 percent. In Riverside County, the unemployment rate stands at 15.1 percent for July, while the rate in San Bernardino County is only slightly better at 14.3 percent. There are more than 256,000 residents of the two-county area who are currently out of work.

“Those figures are sickening,” a disgusted Senator Dutton said when reviewing the numbers. “If California’s unemployment rate was just the national average of 9.1 percent, more than 600,000 people in California would have a job. These figures are just more proof that we are not doing all we can to help create a positive job climate in this state.” As the Senate and Assembly consider hundreds of pieces of legislation over the next few weeks, Senator Dutton urged members to reject any measures that will further harm the economy.

“If we are serious about trying to do what we can to lift the burdens that are hurting business of all sizes in this state, we can start by looking at the bills that are passing the Democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly,” Senator Dutton said. “California has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, in large part, because of government red tape that hurts a business’s ability to grow and expand.

“Sadly, despite California’s high unemployment rate, there are still far too many bills that pass through this Legislature that puts a stranglehold on private-sector job growth and adds to this state’s stagnant job growth,” Senator Dutton continued. “I will continue to fight for real regulatory reform that will help make California a more business-friendly place to create and retain jobs.”

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