December 21, 2012 12:37 PM

Jobless rate up in Merced County

Farm jobs in Merced County plummeted from October to November, spiking the county's unemployment to 15.7 percent from a revised 14.6 percent. But a drop in farm labor is normal for this time of year, said Pedro Vargas, a labor market analyst for the Employment Development Department. He said the trend probably will continue through January.

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