Written by The Business Journal Staff
Central Valley unemployment rates were a mixed bag in July, according to the latest data from the state Employment Development Department.
Fresno County’s July unemployment rate was 7.3%, up from 7% in June but below 7.4% a year ago.
Month over month, nonfarm employment dropped by 2,700 jobs, while farm employment increased by 500 jobs.
On an annual basis, nonfarm employment rose by 13,100 jobs, while farms added 1,400 jobs.
Kings County’s unemployment rate for July was 7.8%, down from 7.9% in June and up from 7.6% a year ago.
Month over month, farm and nonfarm industries added 100 jobs each. On an annual basis, farms added 100 jobs and nonfarm industries added 1,100, led by manufacturing with 600 jobs.
Madera County’s unemployment rate for July was 7.4%, up from 7% in June and above 7.2% last year.
Farms shed 700 jobs last month, while nonfarm industries shed 1,200 jobs. Year-over-year, farms lost 100 jobs, while nonfarm industries added 500.
Tulare County’s July unemployment rate was 10%, up from 9.1% in June and above 9.9% last year.
Farms shed 5,400 jobs last month, while nonfarm industries lost 2,700 jobs. On the annual basis, farms added 100 jobs, while nonfarm industries added 3,200.