More people are on the job in Stanislaus County, as the Employment Development Department reported another drop in the unemployment rate.
Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in May, down from revised rate of 6.4 percent in April and below the year-ago estimate of 6 percent.
As spring planting was underway, the farming sector added approximately 3,200 jobs for the month, according to the EDD.
Other sectors with employment growth included Trade, Transportation & Utilities (600), Mining, Logging and Construction (200), Leisure & Hospitality (200) and Educational & Health Services (100).
The only sector to post a decline in jobs in May was Government, which was down approximately 300 positions.
While Manufacturing saw an increase in May with 300 positions more than April, the sector was down 1,300 over that same time last year.
Stanislaus County had an estimated labor force of 241,400 in May, with approximately 13,500 unemployed.
Merced County had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in May, down from 9 percent in April. San Joaquin County had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, down from 6 percent. California had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent and nation’s was at 3.6 percent.
Turlock’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in May, down from 4.4 percent in April. Denair’s rate was 3.1 percent in May, down from 3.5 percent in April. Hughson had a May rate of 5.7 percent, a decrease from April’s 6.5 percent. Keyes saw a drop from 8.6 percent in April to 7.6 percent in May. Ceres had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in May, down from 7.4 percent in April.