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September 21, 2012 9:59 AM

County unemployment drops slightly to 15.9 percent

Merced County's job outlook is seeing improvements as unemployment dropped to 15.9 percent in August from a revised 17.3 percent in July. The jobless rate is the lowest since August 2009. While more jobs gains are expected with the announcements that a new food processing plant is coming to the city of Merced and a crane manufacturer will locate at Castle Commerce Center, there's another bright spot for the local economy.

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