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Jun 20, 2014 9:51 PM by RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY News

Tides finally turning in favor of those looking for a job

California's Employment Development Department said Friday unemployment has dropped to 7.6 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate in the past six years.

In San Luis Obispo County, the unemployment rate is 5.0 percent for the month of May, that's down from 5.2 percent from April. In Santa Barbara County the unemployment rate is also 5.0 percent. That dropped nearly half a percentage point from April.

The Employment Development Department said employers added 18,000 jobs across the state last month.

The job search has been bleak for many people the last several years, even more so for teenagers and students. The 5-percent unemployment number is really good news for anyone trying to find summer jobs. America Job Services said the tide turns and changes into an employee market rather than an employer market.

17-year-old Cile Barker said he tried looking for a job last summer when he was 16 and had no luck. This year finally after putting in many applications he's day three on the job working for Foster's Freeze in San Luis Obispo.

There has been a lot of competition in the past several years between teens and job seekers with experience. That trend is now changing with more people being employed, good news for teens like Barker looking for that first gig. "I have been wanting to save up to get a car, this is my first job and I want to save up my money," Barker said. A normal teenager response, being able to save up to buy a car, and now they are finally starting to get those jobs to do that.

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