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Unemployment hits new low in county
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The sector with the biggest job growth in September was Government, which added an estimated 1,500 positions, the majority of which were in school districts. - photo by Journal file photo

Stanislaus County saw a drop in the unemployment rate for September, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate for September came in at 7.6 percent, down from a revised 8.4 percent in August and below the year-ago estimate of 9.5 percent. The unemployment rate has not been this low in Stanislaus County since before the Great Recession started in 2008, according to EDD data.

All but one of Stanislaus County’s employment sectors stayed flat or saw an increase for the month. The lone exception was the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector, which recorded a decline of about 200 positions, according to the EDD.

The sector with the biggest job growth was Government, which added an estimated 1,500 positions, the majority of which were in school districts.

The unemployment rate in Merced County was at 8.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent posted in August. San Joaquin County had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, down from 8.3 percent in August.

California recorded an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in September and the nation had an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent for the same time frame.

The unemployment rate in Turlock for September was at 6.7 percent, down from a rate of 7.6 percent in August. Denair had a rate of 4.3 percent, down from 4.9 percent recorded in August. Hughson had a September rate of 10.9 percent, a decrease from the 12.3 percent recorded in August.  Keyes saw their rate dip from 13.9 percent in August to 12.4 percent in September. Ceres had an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent in September, down from 9.1 percent in August.

The jobs and professions having the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County for September were: Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers — 604; Registered Nurses — 555; Retail Salespersons — 156; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales — 147; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General — 142; Customer Service Representatives — 136; Physical Therapists — 127; Light Truck or Delivery Service Drivers — 122; Speech Language Pathologists — 119; and First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers — 111.

The 10 companies that posted the most help wanted ads for September in Stanislaus County were: TruStaff — 209; Tenet Healthcare Corporation — 117; Sutter Health — 94; Ceres Unified School District — 91; Robert Half International — 71; Kaiser Permanente — 70; Modesto City Schools — 69; Supplemental Health Care — 67; Stanislaus County Office of Education — 54; and Soliant — 51.