Merced County jobless rate dips – again

The unemployment rate in Merced County dipped in April to 11.6 percent

The lowest it’s been this time of year since 2007

An influx of about 900 farm jobs played the biggest part in pushing the April rate down

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Affordable housing remains short in Merced County, report says

To afford a 2-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent in Merced County, renters need to earn $14.60 per hour

Merced’s apartment rental costs of $759 a month ranked nearly the least expensive in the state

Working at $9 an hour, a household would need a wage-earner to work at least 65 hours per week

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