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Job gains in government and construction offset losses in several sectors, according to the California Employment Development Department’s labor force report for the Inland Empire in August.
The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area added a total of 6,800 nonfarm jobs between July and August.
Although state government dropped 500 jobs, local governments added 7,100.
The Inland area gained 1,200 construction jobs as well as 800 education and health services jobs, 500 financial services jobs, and 100 information jobs.
Most job losses, 1,100, occurred in leisure and hospitality.
Since August of 2016, the Inland Empire has gained 34,100 jobs, 15,800 of them in construction.
Unemployment was 6.2 percent for the two counties in August, up from a revised 6.1 percent in July. Riverside County had 6.5 percent unemployment, and San Bernardino County had 5.8 percent.
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