The unemployment rate is down overall in Kern County, as farm jobs open up for the harvest and teachers go back to work, but analyst Rosendo Flores from the state Employment Development Department says we saw heavy losses in oilfield services compared to August of last year. The jobless rate in Kern County was 9.3-percent last month, down from 9.9-percent in July and 9.6-percent a year ago.

Suzanne Grant