Kern's first business accelerator outside metropolitan Bakersfield is scheduled to open next spring in Kernville as the latest outgrowth of the B3K economic prosperity collaboration and one of five of its backers wants to launch along the county's periphery within about three years.

Kern County's unemployment rate improved to an even 10 percent in August thanks to a surge in hiring at local schools, restaurants, farms and health-care facilities, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

Kern County sued Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday in an effort to stop him from continuing a de-facto ban on oil well stimulation treatments including the controversial technique known as fracking.

Local hospitals have suffered in some cases heavy financial hits from the pandemic, with most of Kern's largest medical centers taking in less money on a per-patient basis than they did during the first quarter as compared with a year earlier, according to state records that reflect the cris…

Kern's B3K economic development initiative has scored its biggest achievement to date with an announcement Wednesday that Bitwise Industries will soon launch the county's first business accelerator with the financial support of local government.

It hasn't quite been a year since Javier Garcia started offering his Oleander house for rent on the short-term rental platform Airbnb, and despite the absence of any city regulation permitting such activities, he said, "So far, so good."

Mono County's economic development manager will provide an update on business in the Eastern Sierra, and the head of Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center will discuss the latest developments in government relief programs, during a free, hourlong webinar starting at noon …

Residential customers of Southern California Edison will soon be paying about 9 percent more for electric service — $12.41 per month on average — under a rate increase approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The Newsom administration has rejected an appeal filed by Bakersfield-based oil producer Aera Energy LLC after the company's proposal to frack wells in western Kern was met with what appeared to be a new policy of denying such projects based on general concerns rather than technical considerations.

A lack of available workers is crimping business in Kern County, forcing operational changes in the worst cases while increasing the workload for existing staffs and raising employers' costs.

Kern County's unemployment rate improved slightly to an estimated 10.7 percent in July despite a decline in local farming and government jobs, according to seasonally unadjusted figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Kern County could become one of four federally funded technological hubs for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and burying it permanently underground if the House approves President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

A Shafter-based restaurant company has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay more than $200,000 in compensation to workers after finding that the business failed to pay overtime wages.

Competing accusations of negligence marked Tuesday's opening statements in a long-brewing legal battle over years of lost oil production in the Midway-Sunset Oil Field in southwest Kern County.

The Small Business Development Center will host a webinar discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on how Kern County's economy fared during the pandemic. SBDC Director Kelly Bearden and Cal State Bakersfield Associate Professor of Economics Richard Gearhart will lead the discussion.