published on January 24, 2020 - 1:15 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Central Valley counties experienced an annual drop in unemployment rates for 2019, continuing a trend of falling jobless numbers and record-low annual unemployment.

That’s according to new December 2019 employment statistics released Friday from the California Employment Development Department that give a more complete picture of last year’s local jobs numbers.

Fresno County’s unemployment rate for 2019 was 7.2%, down from 7.5% in 2018 and a new annual low.

The December 2019 unemployment rate in Fresno County was 6.9%, with government posting the largest month-over decline with a loss of 1,200 jobs. It was also below 7.4% in December 2018.

Kings County saw an annual unemployment rate of 7.2%, down from 7.7% in 2018, and also a record yearly low.

Kings County’s December unemployment rate was 7.1%, down from 8% the year prior.

The annual unemployment rate in Madera County was 6.9%, down from 7% in 2018 and another annual record low.

Madera’s unemployment rate for December was 6.8%, down from 7% the year prior.

Tulare County also saw a drop in its annual unemployment. It was 9.5% last year, compared to 9.6% in 2018.

The 2019 annual unemployment rate for Tulare County was not a record, however, as the rate for 2007 was 9.2%.

Tulare County had a 9.3% unemployment rate in December, down from 9.4% the year prior.

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