Written by Frank Lopez
The California Employment Development Department released its monthly unemployment report Friday showing record lows for the Central Valley for the month of April.
Fresno, Kings and Madera counties saw record low jobless rates last month, thanks in part to a ramp up in activity at Valley farms.
Fresno had an April unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, down from 8.7 percent for March and the lowest for the month of April since 1990, the farthest year back with data searchable on the EDD’s website.
The second-lowest unemployment rate for April in Fresno County was in 2007 with an 8.7 percent rate.
Between the months of March and April, total industry employment increased by 11,100 jobs, totaling 400,100 employed. Most of those jobs were concentrated in farm employment, which grew by 8,400 jobs.
The government sector saw a gain of 800 jobs, trade, transportation and utilities added 700 jobs, retail trade expanded by 800 jobs, and manufacturing saw an increase of 500 jobs.
Kings County current unemployment rate for April dropped to 8 percent, down from 9.2 percent from the previous month and down from 9.6 percent for April 2017.
Between the months of March and April, total industry employment increased by 1,100 jobs, with 1,000 of those being farm jobs and 100 going to education and health services, totaling up to 47,900 jobs for all industries.
The unemployment rate for Tulare County was 9.2 percent in April – a low not seen for the month since 2006. The jobless rate is down from 11.1 percent in March, and down from 10.4 percent for the month of April 2017.
The total industry employment rate for Tulare between March and April 2018 increased by 12,220 in all industries, with 11,800 farm jobs, totaling up to 171,900 jobs in all industries.
Madera saw an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent for the month April, down from 8.2 percent in March, and down from 8.9 percent since April 2017.
It was the lowest of all Central Valley counties.
Between the months of March and April 2018, the amount of jobs in all industries totaled 49,100, an increase of 600 jobs.
The farming industry saw an increase of 400 jobs for the month of April, and the government and leisure and hospitality industries each increased by 100 jobs.