May 17, 2013 10:42 AM

Merced County unemployment rate continues to fall

Merced County’s unemployment rate continues to drop, though it remains well above state and national averages. According to numbers released Friday, April’s unemployment rate was 15.5 percent, compared with a revised 17.2 percent the previous month and 18.0 percent in April 2012. Drops year-over-year signal growth in the economy.

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