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County’s unemployment declines

Stanislaus still has one of the highest jobless rates in state

POSTED October 17, 2009 1:35 a.m.
Unemployment in Stanislaus County for September  reached its lowest level of the year, but the county remained among one of the state’s worst regions for joblessness, according to the latest report from the Economic development Department.
The September unemployment rate for Stanislaus County was 15.3 percent, down from 15.8 percent in August. While the level has continued to tick down over the last few months, Stanislaus County was still in the bottom rankings for unemployment. Stanislaus County was 53rd out of the state’s 58 counties, according to the EDD.
Seasonal hiring in agricultural-related industries and a slight growth in the manufacturing sector helped Stanislaus County record its lowest unemployment rate for the year, according to the EDD.
The unemployment rate in Merced County dropped from 16.7 percent to 15.7 percent in September and in San Joaquin County, it went from 15.7 percent to 15.5 percent.
The unemployment rate in the state showed a slight drop in September, recording a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 12.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from the revised August rate of 12.3 percent. California’s unemployment rate is up 4.4 percent from where it was last year, according to the EDD. Forty counties in the state have unemployment levels of 11 percent of higher.
Within nonfarm industries, two sectors saw month-over job gains, and nine sectors saw month-over job declines. Sectors with increased employment were: Trade, transportation and utilities (3,900); and mining and logging (200). Sectors that lost jobs in September, in order of job loss, were: Construction (14,100); Government (12,700); Education and health services (3,600); Manufacturing (3,400); Information (2,900); Professional and business services (2,700); Financial activities (2,500); Other services (1,000); and Leisure and hospitality (500).
The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in September, up 0.1 percentage point from August, and up 3.6 percentage points from one year ago.
In Turlock, the unemployment rate fell to 11.7 percent in September from 12 percent in August. The 11.7 percent represents 3,400 unemployed people in the city.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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