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Labor market statistics for Santa Barbara County show the trend in declining unemployment is continuing, with the percent of those without a job in October roughly equal to the rate in January 2020, just two months before the COVID-19 pandemic sent it soaring.

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DAN WALTERS No one knows, of course, how long California’s economy will be crippled. Gov. Gavin Newsom and most Californians clearly believe that the battle to save lives is worth the economic damage, a belief bolstered by complex calculations from Joe Nation, a former state assemblyman who now teaches at Stanford University.