That Imperial County has vaulted itself out of the state's economic basement is the best local news in years.
Everyone, from local leaders to people looking for work, has to be overjoyed that Imperial County, traditionally the county with the highest unemployment rate in California, seems to have left that distinction behind, likely for good.
According to the most recent information available, Imperial County's unemployment rate is now the 48th highest of 58 counties in the state. For many years we occupied the bottom spot each month, or in a good month, the 57th. Our unemployment rate, which has topped 30 percent regularly and once hit 42 percent years ago, was 14.8 percent in February, down considerably even from our 16.5 percent rate in January.
There are reasons for the drop. County and city officials have worked diligently for years to bring jobs to our area. They deserve credit because despite countless setbacks, they never gave up in their quest for jobs.