Diego Ramos's parents haven't started pestering him, yet, but as a graduating high school senior he'd like to pick up a little spending money. So, he's considering applying for a summer job.

Recent agricultural hiring combined with positive trends in oil, manufacturing and professional services helped lower Kern's unemployment rate by more than 1 percentage point in April to a seasonally unadjusted 8.3 percent, the county's lowest level since November.

One decade after Bass Pro Shops announced its intention to build a store in Bakersfield — a plan that has been marked with uncertainty amid economic downturn — the outdoor retail giant announced Wednesday that it would build its fifth California location in Kern County.

Stinson's Stationers prides itself on being a model of efficiency. If the longtime Bakersfield office supply company delivers its wares with half the competence it exhibited at Tuesday morning's nonprofit donation breakfast, the Pentagon may want to take notes.

Power Machinery Center, which has been in Bakersfield since the mid-1950s has received the Platinum award from UniCarriers Americas Corporation as part of its Aftermarket Excellence Program Awards. The honor recognizes dealers who have excelled in aftermarket parts and service, according to …

Sierra Bancorp, the holding company of Bank of the Sierra, is acquiring Ojai Community Bank from OCB Bancorp, it was announced this week.

The day Brian Feeney walked into a Palm Springs dealership to buy a new Nissan Leaf, he was fulfilling the dream of state policy-makers to entice Californians to break off their love affair with gas-guzzling cars. But the amount of meticulous research that went into Feeney’s purchase was ide…

Bakersfield’s city zoning board green-lighted a key permit Tuesday that paves the way for the sale of a long-vacant southwest Target building to U-Haul, which will convert it into a truck rental and storage facility.

The total gross value of Kern County’s agricultural products fell by 9 percent last year, but the dip came after five solid years of increases, the Kern County Agricultural Commissioner’s office said Monday in its annual crop report.

The Bakersfield accounting firm Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock announced the promotions of four employees, certified public accountants BILL FLYNN, EMILY PACHECO, STEPHANIE PETERS and SALVADOR SAAVEDRA.

Two public hearings Monday in Bakersfield will gather public comment on Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s proposal to raise its core revenues almost 17 percent during the next three years, bringing them to nearly double what they were 10 years ago.

Tech entrepreneur Austin Llach didn't want to leave Bakersfield for Silicon Valley again, but he felt like he had to if he was going to find an "angel investor" for the fitness smartphone app he was developing.

Some may say that Joel and Marcy Brust live exotic lives as owners of Indian Point Ostrich Ranch. Exciting as it may be, however, the Brusts are looking to retire after 26 years operating their working farm, which is tucked against a mountainside above Cummings Valley in Tehachapi.

Two years after moving its headquarters to Texas, Bakersfield’s biggest home-grown tech company is pulling out of California as part of a consolidation it hopes will make the company more nimble and surround it with like-minded firms.

State figures released Friday show Kern County’s unemployment rate slid to a seasonally unadjusted 9.7 percent in May, down from April’s 10.6 percent and March’s 11.6 percent, as local farmers continued to add jobs and oil companies went on slashing them.