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Labor numbers reflect slight improvement

POSTED October 22, 2010 10:31 p.m.
For the second month in a row Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate has trended downwards, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.Stanislaus County recorded an unadjusted seasonal unemployment rate of 16.2 percent for September, slightly down from a revised rate of 16.3 percent in August, which was the previous low for the year.In Merced County the drop was even greater, going from an unemployment rate of 17.4 percent in August to 16.6 percent for September. San Joaquin County’s unemployment rate grew marginally from 16.4 percent in August to 16.6 percent in September.Overall, California’s unemployment rate stayed steady at 12.4 percent for the month, according to the EDD. The National unemployment rate for September is 9.6 percent, unchanged from August.In Stanislaus County the Professional and Business services and the Educational and Health services sectors both saw moderate job gains, while the government sector showed the greatest growth with 400 jobs added. The manufacturing sector had the highest number of job losses for the month at 500.Statewide, four sectors saw month-over job gains and seven sectors saw month-over job declines. The sectors with increased employment in September were: leisure and hospitality (7,400), financial activities (5,500), transportation and utilities (4,200) and professional and business services (3,600). Sectors that lost jobs in September, in order of job loss magnitude, were: Government (37,300), Educational and health services (13,600), Construction (13,300), Information (11,300), Other services (6,600), Manufacturing (2,000), Mining and logging (200).Locally, Turlock recorded an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent for the month, representing 3,600 unemployed people in the city. Denair had an unemployment rate of 9 percent, the second lowest in the county. Both Keyes and Hughson had relatively high rates of unemployment, with the cities recording 27.9 percent and 21 percent, respectively.To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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