Imperial County gained some jobs in August, but not enough to push the area's unemployment rate lower than 30 percent, according to data released today by the state's Employment Development Department.
The area's unemployment rate fell to 32.4 percent, down slightly from the revised 32.8 percent rate from July. It is down from last year's rate of 32.6 percent in August 2010.
Imperial County remained the county with the highest unemployment rate in California.
While the area lost about 500 farm jobs, more people were hired in the government sector, according to the data.
The state rate was at 11.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in August.