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County records rise in unemployment

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County recorded a small increase during the month of June, according to the latest release of data from the Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate grew to 6.5 percent in June in Stanislaus County, which is up from the 5.6 percent posted in May. The County’s unemployment rate did manage to come in under the year-ago estimate of 6.9 percent.

Some of the largest employment sectors in the County reported declines for the month of June, while others only had modest job growth numbers, the EDD reported.

The farming sector reported approximately 1,300 fewer jobs in June than were reported in May and the government sector was down by an estimated 900 positions. Those two sectors combined had a little over 47,000 jobs in May and were down to around 44,000 in June. The farming sector does typically see spikes and dips through the year, depending on crop health and the harvest. The government sector also typically records declines in the summer because of seasonal lay-offs within the school districts.

Other sectors that recorded job losses for the month in Stanislaus County were Professional and Business Services, which was down by about 200 positions, and Educational and Health Services, which lost approximately 100 jobs.

The manufacturing sector posted a gain of about 100 jobs in June, but for the year is down by an estimated 1,300 positions, the EDD reported.

Stanislaus County had an estimated labor force of 239,800 in June with approximately 15,500 unemployed.

The unemployment rate in Merced County came in at 8.1 percent, up from a revised rate of 7.3 percent in May. SAN Joaquin County had an unemployment rate of 6 percent in June, which wasabi increase from the 5.1 percent posted in May.

California’s unemployment rate was at 4.1 percent and the nation’s was at 3.8 percent for the same time period.

Turlock’s unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in June, up from 4.1percent in May. Denair’s rate was 3.6 percent in June, up from 3.1 percent in May. Hughson had a June rate of 6.6 percent, an increase from May’s 5.7 percent. Keyes saw a rise from 7.6 percent in May to 8.7 percent in June. Ceres had an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in June up from 6.9 percent in May.

The companies posting the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County for June were: Tenet Healthcare Corporation - 203; Conifer Health Solutions - 195; Yosemite Community College District - 146; Sutter Health - 101; Emanuel Medical Center - 98; Memorial Medical Center, Modesto - 77; Save Mart Supermarkets - 75;E. & J. Gallo Winery - 58; McDonald's Corporation - 41; and Costco Wholesale Corporation - 38.
The positions with the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County in June were: Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers - 308; Registered Nurses - 281; Retail Salespersons - 208; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers - 184; Security Guards - 107; Customer Service Representatives - 100; Stock Clerks, Sales Floor - 93; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General - 90; First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers - 84; and Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard - 77.