Written by The Business Journal Staff
Central Valley employment rose in November as holiday hiring ramped up, according to the latest data from the state Employment Development Department.
Fresno County’s November unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 percent in October and below 9.2 percent last year.
Holiday hiring boosted month-over-month employment by an additional 1,800 jobs, mostly in the retail sector. Farm employment dropped by 4,200 jobs with the conclusion of the pistachio and grape harvest.
Year over year, farm employment fell by 1,300 jobs and nonfarm employment rose by 5,700 jobs, with the largest increase in government with 1,900 jobs.
The Kings County unemployment rate for November was 7.5 percent, up from 7.3 percent in October and below 9.5 percent a year ago.
Month over month, Kings County farms shed 700 jobs, while nonfarm employment remained unchanged.
Year over year, farms added 200 jobs while nonfarm sectors added 700 jobs.
In Madera County last month, the unemployment rate was 7 percent, up from 6.6 percent in October and below 8.9 percent a year ago.
Farms added 1,900 jobs month over month, while nonfarm industries shed 100 jobs.
Year over year in Madera County, farms added 200 jobs while nonfarm sectors added 1,200 jobs.
In Tulare County, the November unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, down from 9.4 percent in October and below 10.7 percent last year.
On a month-over basis, Tulare County farms lost 1,100 jobs, while nonfarm sectors added 700 jobs.
On an annual basis, farms and nonfarm industries each added 2,200 jobs.
The statewide unemployment rate for November was 4.6 percent — a record low going back to 1976. It was 5.3 percent a year ago.