Unemployment in Santa Barbara County is continuing its declining trend from the last two years, falling to 2.4% in May, which is lower than the state’s and nation’s average, according to figures released Friday by the California Labor Market Information Division.

The May rate was down from the 2.8% adjusted rate in April, less than half the rate in May 2021, when it was 5.6%, and far below the nearly 11% rate in June 2020, according to state statistics reported by the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board.

California’s average unemployment and the average national rate for May were both 3.4%.

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A chart distributed by the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board compares unemployment rates in the county's cities during May.

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