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Unemployment rate dips in Stanislaus County
Merced County total employment grew 3.99%, the fastest among the San Joaquin Valley’s eight counties in 2021. Stanislaus County total employment grew the second fastest at 3.56%.

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County fell during the last month according to the recently released data from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in August, down from a revised rate of 6.5 percent in July. The August rate also came in below the year-ago estimate of 6 percent, according to the EDD.

Six sectors in Stanislaus County recorded growth in jobs for the month of August with manufacturing leading the way. The Manufacturing sector typically sees increases in August and September has harvest comes in and more people are needed at food processing plants. For the month of August, the sector added approximately 1,800, though for the year remains down by an estimated 400 positions, according to the EDD.

Farming added an estimated 900 jobs for the month and is above the year-ago estimate by about 600 positions. Other sectors that saw job growth for August were: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (100); Professional and Business Services (200); Educational and Health Services (100); and Government (300).

The only sector that recorded a job decline was Leisure and Hospitality, which dropped by an estimated 100 positions for the month of August.

Stanislaus County had an estimated labor force of 245,900 in August, with approximately 14,300 unemployed.

Merced County had an August unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, down from 8.4 percent in July. San Joaquin County had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, down from the July rate of 6.3 percent.

California had an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent, while the country’s was at 3.8 percent for the same time frame.

Turlock’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August, up from 5.3 percent in July. Denair’s rate was 3.2 percent in August, down from 3.7 percent in July. Hughson had an August rate of 6 percent, which was a drop from the 6.7 percent posted in July. Keyes saw a drop from 8.8 percent in July to 7.9 percent in August. Ceres had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in August, down from 7.5 percent in July.

The companies posting the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County for August were: Conifer Health Solutions - 219; Tenet Healthcare Corporation - 199; Yosemite Community College District - 148; Emanuel Medical Center - 124; Sutter Health - 108; Save Mart Supermarkets - 87; Memorial Medical Center, Modesto - 74; Ceres Unified School District – 67; E. & J. Gallo Winery – 67; and the Save Mart Companies – 51.
The positions with the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County in August were: Registered Nurses - 321; Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers - 318; Retail Salespersons - 231; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers - 221; Security Guards - 109; Stock Clerks, Sales Floor - 105; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General - 101; First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers - 99; Customer Service Representatives - 96; and Driver/Sales Workers – 73.