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County unemployment rate remains low

County unemployment rate remains low

9.6% unemployment rate for June is down from last year, slightly higher than May

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TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June but is still lower than a year ago. 

The unemployment rate for the Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) increased from 8.5% in May to 9.6% in June, 0.1% lower than last June. The Employment Development Department reported last month that there are 211,200 people in the labor force, a little over 20,000 of which are out of work.

In all, there were 3,800 more jobs over last June, nearly all in nonfarm jobs. More than 1,800 jobs were added in the professional and business service industries, followed by 600 new jobs in education and health and 500 more in government. The only industries that did not see an increase in Tulare County were “trade, transportation and utilities,” financial activities, and other services, all which remained stagnant.

Statewide California’s unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in June — a record low level in a series dating back to 1976 — for a third consecutive month. The state’s employers added 800 nonfarm payroll jobs, according to data released last month by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. California has now gained a total of 2.9 million jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010. The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 4.0 percent, while the nation’s employers added 213,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. In June 2017, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. 

The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,100 California households. 

Nonfarm payroll jobs in California totaled 17,092,000 in June, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 71,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over change, June 2017 to June 2018, shows an increase of 269,100 jobs (up 1.6 percent). 

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