Written by The Business Journal Staff
Central Valley unemployment rates continued to fall on a year-over-year basis in March, according to the latest data from the employment development department.
Fresno County’s unemployment rate for March was 10.3 percent, up slightly from February but below 11 percent a year ago.
It was the county’s lowest March unemployment rate in nearly 10 years. The March 2008 rate was 9.9 percent. March 2009 was 15.7 percent.
Government posted the largest month-over gain in Fresno, adding 1,100 federal government, 400 local government and 300 state government jobs.
Farms posted the only month-over loss, down 400 jobs.
On a year-over basis, government also posted the greatest increase with 3,100 jobs — 2,300 in local government, 600 in federal government and 200 in state government.
Kings County’s unemployment rate for March was 11.2 percent, down from 11.5 percent in February and below 11.9 percent a year ago.
On a month-over basis, farms added 300 jobs while nonfarm industries shed 200 jobs.
Year over year, farms lost 700 jobs while nonfarm industries added a net 300 jobs.
Madera County’s unemployment rate for March was 10 percent, up from 9.5 percent in February but below 10.9 percent a year ago.
On a month-over basis, Madera farms shed 1,700 jobs and nonfarm industries lost 300 jobs.
Nonfarm industries added 1,100 jobs on a year-over basis, while farms lost 300 jobs.
Tulare County saw a March unemployment rate of 12.3 percent, up from 12 percent in February and below 12.7 percent a year ago.
Farms lost 1,700 jobs month-over-month, while nonfarm industries added a net 100 jobs.
On a year-over basis, farms added 300 jobs while nonfarm industries added 2,000 jobs.
California’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March from 5 percent in February, with employers adding 19,300 nonfarm payroll jobs last month.
The March 2016 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.