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Unemployment rate takes a dip down in county
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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County made a small rebound from the rise seen in January with a slight decline in February, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate for February was at 10.7 percent, which is below the revised rate of 11 percent posted in January. It’s also below the year-ago estimate of 13 percent.

Only two sectors posted job losses in February, with all others recording gains or staying the same, the EDD reported.

The Leisure and Hospitality sector saw the largest growth for the month, with an addition of approximately 300 positions. Overall, the sector has seen a growth of 5.5 percent between February 2014 and February 2015.

The other sectors to post job growth were: Government, Educational and Health Services, and Manufacturing.

While the month over rates reflected small changes, the year-over changes reflected growth for almost every sector except Information, which was flat and Manufacturing, which is down by about 1,200 positions, according to the EDD.

Stanislaus County had a labor force of approximately 240,300 people in February. Of those, an estimated 214,500 were employed and 25,800 were unemployed.

The unemployment in Merced County came in at 13.5 percent in February, down from 14 percent in January. In San Joaquin County the unemployment rate was at 10.1 percent in February, down from 10.6 percent the month prior. California’s unemployment rate was at 6.8 percent and the nation’s was at 5.8 percent for the same time period.

The unemployment rate in Turlock for February was at 9.6 percent, down from a rate of 10 percent in January. Denair had a rate of 6.2 percent, down slightly from the 6.4 percent recorded in January. Hughson had a January rate of 15.3 percent, down from 15.8 percent the month prior. Keyes saw their rate fall from 17.8 percent in January to 17.3percent in February. Ceres had an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent in February, down from 11.9 percent.

The jobs and professions having the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County for February were: Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers — 559; Registered Nurses — 525; Retail Salespersons — 170; Customer Service Representatives — 155; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales — 148; ; Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing — 145; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General — 116; Insurance Sales Agents — 106; Light Truck or Delivery Service Drivers — 101; and First Line supervisors of Office and Administrative Support — 100.

The 10 companies that posted the most help wanted ads for February in Stanislaus County were: Tenet Healthcare Corporation — 291; Ceres Unified School District — 143; Kaiser Permanente — 115; Sutter Health — 95; CTG - Computer Task Group — 89; Supplemental Health Care — 62; Robert Half International — 61; TruStaff — 60; California State University System — 48; and Centerline — 46.