published on October 21, 2016 - 9:37 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Central Valley unemployment rates were lower in September, though the trend of annual rate decreases appears to have hit a snag, according to the latest data from the state Employment Development Department.


Fresno County’s unemployment rate for September was 8.3 percent, down from 8.7 percent in August and unchanged from last year.

It was the first month in more than five years that the unemployment rate did not decline on an annual basis in Fresno County, reported The Fresno Bee.

Month over month, Fresno County nonfarm employers added a net 3,600 jobs, while farms shed 1,100 jobs. Government showed the biggest month-over gain with 3,500 positions.

Kings County’s unemployment rate in September was 8.3 percent, down from 8.9 percent in August and above 8.2 percent in September 2015.

Madera County’s September unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, down from 8.2 percent in August and below 8.3 percent in September 2015.

On a year-over-year basis, nonfarm employers added 2,200 jobs in Madera County.

In September, Tulare County had a 10.2 percent unemployment rate, down from 10.6 percent in August and up from 10 percent a year ago.

Year-over-year, nonfarm industries in Tulare County added 2,400 jobs.

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