The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County dipped in March with modest gains in several sectors moving the numbers of the labor forces upward.
Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in March, down from a revised rate of 6.5 percent in February, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department. The rate was well below the year-ago estimate of 9.9 percent.
The county’s farming sector was bolstered in March, with Stanislaus adding approximately 400 jobs.
The government sector added an estimated 500 positions each in March. Leisure and Hospitality added around 400 positions for the month.
Additional sectors that added jobs in March in Stanislaus County were: Manufacturing (200); Professional and Business Services (500); and other services (100). The sectors that posted job declines for the month were: Mining, Logging and Construction (100); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (100); Financial Activities (100); and Educational and Health Services (300).
The unemployment rate in California was at 4.2 percent and the nation's was at 3.8 for the same time period.
Turlock had an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent for March. Denair was at 8.3 percent, Keyes at 4.1 percent and Hilmar at 2.5 percent, according to the EDD.
Each month the EDD publishes data for online job vacancy rates. In Stanislaus County in March, the positions seeking the most hires were: registered nurses 787; heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 401; retail salespersons 374; sales representatives 279; first-line supervisors of retail workers 245; customer service representatives 239; managers 203; maintenance and repair workers 191; medical and health services managers 190; and laborers and freight, stock and material movers 173.
The companies with the most job ads in March in Stanislaus County were: Anthem Blue Cross 568; Sutter Health 224; Tenet Health System 223; E&J Gallo 117; Modesto City Schools 97; Sysco Corporation 91; CSU Stanislaus 89; Gallo Glass Company 88; Kaiser Permanente 87; and McDonald's 84.