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Unemployment rate moves up a little 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 saw a slight rise in June, but the increase was largely due to typical job declines for the time of year.

The unemployment rate for June came in at 8.8 percent, up from 8 percent in May, according to the Employment Development Department. The rate did come in below the year-ago estimate of 13.7 percent.

The rise in the number of unemployed in Stanislaus County came from job declines in the sectors of Farming, Educational and Health Services, and Government. All three sectors typically see job declines in June with schools getting out and a lull in the harvest season, according to EDD historical data.

The Farming sector posted a job decline of approximately 1,200 positions for the month, but for the year, is up by about 1,000 positions.

Educational and Health Services dropped 900 positions for June and for the year is down by about 200 positions.

The Government sector was down by 900 jobs for the month and is down by about 500 for the year. The job declines within this sector were mainly from local school districts.

The Leisure and Hospitality sector, which has struggled recently to find help, added 700 jobs for the month and is above the year-ago mark by approximately 2,000 positions.

Manufacturing added 400 jobs for the month and Mining, Logging and Construction and Trade, transportation and Utilities, each added 300 positions.

California had an unemployment rate of 8 percent and the nation recorded a rate of 6.1 percent for the same time frame.

Turlock had an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in June, up from the 6.5 percent posted in May. Denair's came in at 8.4 percent, up from 7.6 percent. Hughson had a rate of 4.8 percent, up from 4.3 percent. Keyes reported a rate of 10.8 percent, up from 9.9 percent and Ceres had a rate of 10.6 percent, up from 9.6 percent in April.

The EDD released data regarding the online job vacancies and the companies looking to hire for the month of June. The top 10 positions with the most job ads for the month in Stanislaus County were: Registered nurses - 639, which was up by 67 from the month prior; retail salespersons - 352, which was up by 19 from May; heavy and tractor-trailer drivers - 302, which was an increase of 31 from the previous month; sales representatives wholesale and manufacturing except scientific and technical products - 281, which dropped by 11 from May; first-line supervisors of retail sales workers - 262, which was an increase of 24 from May; laborer and freight, stock and material movers - 257, which added 32 for the month; customer service representatives - 247, which was down by 1 from the month prior; maintenance and repair workers - 217, which was an increase of 27 from May; managers - 206, which rose by 23 for the month; and combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food – 164, which was a decrease from the month prior.

The top 10 companies posting the most online job vacancies in Stanislaus County in June were: Anthem Blue Cross - 405, up by 65; Modesto City Schools - 196, up by 20; Tenet Health System - 175, up by 43; Sutter Health - 165, up by 49; Save Mart Companies – 122, which was up by 60 from May; Emanuel Medical Center - 99, the same as the month prior; Soliant – 93, which was up by 15; E&J Gallo Winery - 93, down by 5; Ceres Unified School District - 89, down by 60; Hospitals of Providence – 86, down by 11; and California State University, Stanislaus -86, up by 14.