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Number of county’s unemployed grows

POSTED December 20, 2013 5:46 p.m.

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County showed an uptick in November, largely from seasonal job declines, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate for November was at 12.1 percent, up from a revised rate of 11.6 percent in October. The rate continues to fall below the year-ago estimate of 14 percent.

There were an estimated 206,700 employed individuals in Stanislaus County in November and 28,500 unemployed, the EDD reported.

The increased unemployment rate was mostly attributed to job losses in the farming and construction sectors, which historically see declines as the weather turns cooler.

The farming sector recorded job losses of approximately 1,800 positions for November, according to the EDD. Food manufacturing jobs associated with the area’s harvest posted a 6.3 percent decline in jobs for the month.

Overall for the year, the farming sector added 700 more jobs than in 2012 and manufacturing added an estimated 100 new positions.

The construction sector saw an estimated 500 fewer jobs in November and is down an approximated 1,500 positions for the year, according to the EDD.

Leading Stanislaus County’s job growth for November was the Trade, Transportations and Utilities sector, which added an estimated 1,400 jobs in November and is over last year’s total by an estimated 1,500 jobs, the EDD reported. The majority of those jobs have been in transportation and warehousing.

The unemployment rate in Merced County for November was at 13.6 percent, up from 12.1 percent the month before. San Joaquin County had a November unemployment rate of 12.2 percent, up from 11.6 percent.

California had an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent in November, down from 8.7 percent in October.

The nation’s unemployment rate decreased to 7 percent for the same time period.

Turlock’s November unemployment rate was at 9.2 percent, up from 8.8 percent. Denair’s unemployment rate came in at 6.6 percent, up from 6.3 percent. Hughson had a rate of 15.9 percent, up from 15.3 percent and Keyes came in at 21.6 percent, up from 20.9 percent. Ceres ended November with an unemployment rate of 15.2 percent, up from 14.6 percent.

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