Updated Friday evening to correct some inaccurate statistics.
SAN BERNARDINO • The unemployment rate in San Bernardino County climbed to 12.5 percent in March, the highest rate since 1990, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.
Barstow's unemployment rate stands at 15.5 percent, with an estimated 1,700 looking for work. Lenwood's unemployment rate is up to 21.7 percent, with 400 unemployed.
Nearly 14,000 people were unemployed in the Victor Valley and 111,200 people were unemployed countywide, EDD data shows.
In every local city and at the county level, the jobless rate reached its highest peak since the EDD started recording the data in 1990, said Joe Briceno, EDD labor market consultant.
Unemployment jumped by .7 to .9 percentage points from the previous month in High Desert cities.
In the Victor Valley, Adelanto has the highest jobless rate, at 18.5 percent, with about 1,300 unemployed.
Hesperia has the greatest number of unemployed people in the High Desert, with 4,800 people unemployed and a jobless rate of 16.1 percent.
Government reported the greatest job growth since February by adding 1,300 jobs in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in March. More than 90 percent, or 1,200, of those jobs came from local government. Educational and health services added 800 jobs in the two counties.
The region's greatest job losses hit two industries: manufacturing, and trade, transportation and utilities. Those two fields each lost 1,000 jobs.
The California unemployment rate is 11.2 percent for March, while the national unemployment is 8.5 percent.