The latest unemployment numbers from the state of California show the Central Coast continues to have among the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
San Luis Obispo County's April jobless rate was 5.2 percent, while Santa Barbara County came in at 5.4.
Raymond McDonald is with the Santa Barbara County's Workforce Investment Board and cautioned that these numbers are new and will be adjusted over time, but he says it is encouraging to see numbers return to pre-recession levels.
"Santa Barbara County has a diversified economy," said McDonald. "Obviously we're an economy that includes agriculture, tourism, that includes some high tech. And I think that various aspects of our economy have kind of stepped up and kept us afloat, even during the worst of times, during the great recession."
Statewide just about every corner of California saw month-over-month and year-over-year job growth in April. The San Francisco Bay Area continues to have the strongest concentration of positive employment numbers.