Merced County’s jobless rate remains level at 10.3%

The unemployment rate in Merced County remained unchanged last month at 10.3 percent, but was more than a percentage point down from the same time last year. The county lost 200 farm jobs since the previous month but added jobs in other industries, according to numbers from the Employment Development Department. The rate has improved since the 12 percent jobless rate measured in October 2013.


Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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