YOLO COUNTY, CA— Preliminary data indicate that at the height of the coronavirus crisis in April, 11.9 percent of Yolo County residents were unemployed, up 5.9 percentage points from the county's March unemployment rate of 6 percent.
That means 11,900 Yolo County residents lost their jobs from March to April, according to a Friday report from the California Employment Development Department.
April data for Yolo County and other California counties was not seasonally adjusted, meaning the statistics do not take into account seasonal employment patterns. The county's unemployment rate is lower than the statewide, seasonally adjusted average of 15.5 percent, up from 5.5 percent in March. More than 2.3 million Californians lost their jobs from March to April.
The statewide unemployment rate has dipped lower than the 12.6-percent unemployment rate that California saw during the peak of the Great Recession in April 2010. California's employment rate increased 11.3 percentage points since last April, which saw 4.2-percent unemployment.
Marin County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in April at 11.1 percent, while Yolo County's was the fifth-lowest in the state last month.
Nationwide 14.7 percent of Americans were unemployed, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday. The states with the highest unemployment rates were Nevada (28.2 percent), Michigan (22.7 percent) and Hawaii (22.3 percent). The states with the lowest unemployment rates were Nebraska (8.3 percent), North Dakota (8.5 percent) and Utah (9.7 percent).
There have been 188 cases of the coronavirus in Yolo County and 22 deaths linked to COVID-19.
More than 86,000 Californians have contracted the coronavirus, including some 3,000 who have been hospitalized and 3,500 people who have died.
Patch local editor Courtney Teague contributed to this report.