published on October 20, 2017 - 12:53 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

It was a strong September for Central Valley employment. Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Madera counties each reported their lowest unemployment rates last month since 2007.

Fresno’s unemployment rate for September was 7.5 percent, down from 8.6 percent in August and below 8.1 percent a year ago.

Month over month, nonfarm employment grew by a net 3,700 jobs, with government posting the largest month-over gain with 3,800 jobs — with 3,300 positions added in local government and 800 in state government. The federal government shed 300 jobs last month.

Farm employment posted the largest month-over decline with a drop of 2,500 jobs.

Year over year, nonfarm employment rose by 4,400 jobs and farm employment added 200 jobs. Educational and health services saw the largest year-over increase of 2,000 jobs.

Kings County’s September unemployment rate was 7.5 percent down from 8.5 percent in August and below 8.2 percent last year.

Nonfarm industries added 300 jobs month-over-month, while farm employment remained static.

On a year-over basis, farm employment once again remained unchanged, while 800 nonfarm jobs were added, led my a growth of 400 positions in the manufacturing sector.

Madera County’s unemployment rate for September was 6.6 percent down from 7.8 percent the month prior and below 7.4 percent last year.

Farms added 500 jobs and nonfarm industries added 300 jobs last month.

On a year over basis, farms added 200 jobs in Madera County, while nonfarm industries added 1,100 jobs, led by the addition of 500 government jobs and 300 positions in the leisure and hospitality sector.

Tulare County’s unemployment rate for September was 9.5 percent, down from 10.6 percent in August and below 9.9 percent a year ago.

Farms shed 1,600 jobs in the month, while nonfarm employment remained unchanged.

Year over year in Tulare County, farm employment was unchanged by nonfarm industries added 2,000 jobs, led by government with 900 positions, mining, logging and construction with 500 jobs and manufacturing, educational and health services and leisure and hospitality each adding 400 jobs.

In California last month, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down from 5.4 percent in August and below 5.2 percent a year ago.

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