March 26, 2010 1:23 PM

Merced's unemployment rate hits 22.1 percent

The first bright new days of spring have perked up Merced's parks and sent revelers into the streets -- but nearly one-quarter of local residents face a much grimmer day-to-day reality. Merced County's February unemployment rate, released Friday, showed that 22.1 percent of the local work force was unemployed.

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