BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County announced new numbers for unemployment claims Monday morning, showing a spike in claims during mid-July.
County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop announced over 22,000 claims were filed in two weeks in July.
According to Alsop, from July 4 to July 11, 11,042 unemployment claims were filed. From July 11 to July 18, 11,355 claims were filed, an increase of over 300 from the prior week.
This brings the total for the two week period to 11,397 unemployment claims.
In June the local unemployment rate was 17.5%, slightly down from May's 18,1%.