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Unemployment rates remain high for county

POSTED April 16, 2010 9:53 p.m.
The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County made a modest increase in March keeping the county at record levels for joblessness, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.
The unemployment rate for Stanislaus County grew to 19.2 percent for March, up from a seasonally adjusted rate of 19 percent in February. Out of the 239,800 people in the county’s labor force, 46,100 are unemployed, according to the EDD.
The unemployment rates in Merced and San Joaquin counties stayed the same for March, with the counties recording unemployment rates of 22.1 percent and 18.4 percent, respectively.
Within the three counties, the number of unemployed people is more than 126,000.
The unemployment rate should start to see a dip over the next few months as agricultural-based industries start hiring for the harvest and processing seasons.
In Turlock, the unemployment rate was at 14.7 percent for March.
Unemployment for the nation remained unchanged at 9.7 percent.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted rate was 12.6 percent in March, up 0.1 percentage point from the month prior and two percentage points from last year.
Within nonfarm industries in the state, five sectors saw month-over job gains, five sectors saw month-over job declines, and one sector remained unchanged. The sectors with increased employment in March were: Educational & health services (6,100); manufacturing (4,300); leisure and hospitality (1,700); other services (1,100); and mining and logging (200). Sectors that lost jobs in March, in order of job loss magnitude, were: Information (2,600); construction (2,400); professional and business services (2,300); financial activities (1,700); and government (200). Trade, transportation and utilities remained unchanged in March.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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