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In this file photo, an Amtrak train rests in the Bakersfield station before its next scheduled trip.

Casey Christie / The Californian

Following a notable increase in March, Bakersfield one-bedroom rental prices posted the third-largest drop in the nation this month, according to a new ranking.

Rents here pulled back 9 percent to $624, apartment information service Adobo reported. Las Vegas saw the largest drop, 11 percent, followed by the 10 percent decline in Fort Worth, Texas.

Only last month, Bakersfield was going the opposite direction, with the nation’s eighth-largest rental price increase, 8 percent. Local observers have questioned the ranking’s significance, noting Bakersfield has relatively few single-bedroom apartments on which to base the findings.

Amtrak will serve Bakersfield with one additional train per day starting in June, bringing to seven the number traveling through the southern Central Valley, according to a report by the Hanford Sentinel.

The decision to add an extra train between Bakersfield and Oakland, said to be the first such addition since 2002, was reportedly made by Amtrak’s local operator, the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. Agency officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The train will leave Bakersfield in the early morning, passing north through Hanford at 5:18 a.m. and arriving in Oakland at 10 a.m., the Sentinel reported. It said four trains now travel daily between Bakersfield and Oakland; the other two run between Bakersfield and Sacramento.

As part of a previously announced workforce reduction, Chevron informed Kern County officials it will begin laying off 98 employees at its Bakersfield offices at 9525 Camino Media starting June 13.

The company said all affected workers will receive 60 days advance notice, severance pay and career transition services. It attributed the layoffs, which it called permanent, to low oil prices.

Chevron said in February it was planning this year to let go of 237 Central Valley workers, and 4,000 companywide. In August the company laid off 56 local employees. More than 2,500 Kern County oil workers have lost their jobs since oil prices began their steep decline in mid-2014.

(1) comment

ChristopherJames

If rental prices are coming down that's relatively good news for prospective home-seekers right? After all, everyone needs a place to lay their head and have safe storage for their things.

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