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Unemployment remains high for county; state level rises

POSTED August 21, 2009 10:44 p.m.
The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County for July stayed nearly unchanged, but the rate spiked throughout the state, according to the latest report from the Economic Development Department.
California recorded an unemployment rate of 11.9 percent for July, the highest it has been in decades. The state lost 35,800 jobs in July, the EDD reported.
Stanislaus County continued to see some of the highest levels of unemployment in the state, with 16.5 percent of the labor force out of work in July. The unemployment rate in June was 16.6 percent. Since April the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County has been hovering around 16 percent, falling from a record high rate in March of 17.5 percent.
The 16.5 percent represents about 39,800 people unemployed in the county.
San Joaquin county had an unemployment rate of 16 percent, up from last month’s 15. 5 percent. Merced County again recorded a 17.6 percent unemployment level, putting it in the bottom three counties in the state.
Turlock’s unemployment rate for the last few months has consistently stayed within 12 percent. July’s was 12.5 percent, according to EDD Labor Market Analyst Liz Baker.
The U.S. unemployment rate was down from June, with 9.4 percent of the labor force unemployed in July.
California’s high unemployment rate makes it tied with Oregon for the fourth worst job market in the nation, according to statistics from the U.S. Labor Department.
Industries with the highest job losses in the state were construction (10,700) and trade, transportation and utilities (15,900). All total, the state has lost more than 700,000 jobs since last year, according to the labor department.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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