Tuesday, 21 May 2024

August jobless rate down from July

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County's unemployment rate for August improved over July, but is still higher than the same time last year, according to a new report.


Dennis Mullins of the Employment Development Department's North Coast Region reported that the county's unemployment rate for August was 7.1 percent, down from 7.5 percent in July.


However, Mullins pointed out that the number was higher than August 2006, which registered a 6.4 percent jobless rate.


August's 7.1 percent compares to a seasonally unadjusted rate of 5.4 percent for California and 4.6 percent for the nation, Mullins reported.


Surrounding county unemployment rates included 8.7 percent for Colusa, 5.2 percent for Mendocino and 4.6 percent for Sonoma, according to Mullins. Marin had the lowest rate in the state with 3.9 percent and Imperial County had the highest at 20.7 percent.


Lake County ranked 41 out of 58 counties for its August unemployment figures.


Mullins reported that the county's total industry employment grew by 360 jobs (2.3 percent) between August 2006 and August 2007, ending the year-over period with 16,060 jobs.


Year-over job growth occurred in farm; natural resources, mining and construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation, and utilities; financial activities; private educational and health services; other services; and government, according to Mullins.


Year-over job losses occurred in professional and business services, while the information and leisure and hospitality industries had no change, Mullins reported.


The farm sector led industry gainers adding 190 jobs for the year, according to Mullins' report. Trade, transportation and utilities was up 50 jobs, and private educational and health services and government each gained 40. Financial activities added 30 jobs and the natural resources, mining and construction category gained 20. Manufacturing and other services were up 10 jobs each.


The professional and business services sector was the single decliner for the period, dropping 30 jobs, Mullins noted.


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