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Stanislaus County sees slight decrease in unemployment

The unemployment rate in the Stanislaus County area for the month of July was 5 percent, according to the State of California Employment Development Department. This is a 0.3 percent decrease from the month of June.

The decrease in unemployment last month also comes as Stanislaus County saw a significant increase in the labor force. In June, the labor force stood at 238,600 and rose to 242,000 in July. In total, there was a total of 3,400 new individuals joining the local labor force.

With the increased labor force, Stanislaus County saw a net increase of 1,000 new jobs created in the region. The industry that saw the most growth in July was food manufacturing. This industry saw over 800 new jobs created. Administrative, support and waste services jobs also increased in July with over 300 jobs being created.

Though industries like manufacturing saw positive results, the same could not be said for government agencies. In July, Stanislaus County saw over 1,000 government jobs lost. One of the biggest contributors for this number were local government education jobs, which let go of over 800 employees in the month’s span.

Aside from government agencies, an industry that also saw losses was farming. For the second straight month, there was a significant decrease in employment as there were over 300 employees within the farming sector let go, just over 2 percent of the farming workforce.

With the net increase of 1,000 new jobs created last month, Stanislaus County remains to be on track to have a better economic year than 2021. At this time last year, the unemployment rate in the county was 8.7 percent, with major factors being setbacks remaining from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turlock’s unemployment rate for July was 4.1%. Denair was at 7.3% and Keyes at 3.6%.

In terms of the state of California as a whole, the unemployment rate currently stands at 3.9 percent, which is down from 4.0 percent in June. On the national level, the unemployment rate in the United States remained unchanged at 3.8 percent.