Written by Gabriel Dillard
The latest data from the state Employment Development Department reveals record low rates for unemployment for the Central Valley in May.
Fresno County’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in May, an historical low buoyed by a normal seasonal bump in farm employment.
The rate for April was 7.5 percent. Last year’s May rate was 7.8 percent.
Farms added 6,200 jobs as the blueberry and cherry harvest continued.
Kings County’s May unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, down from 8 percent in April and below 8 percent a year ago.
In Madera last month, the unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, down from 7.3 percent in April and below 7.7 percent last year.
Tulare County’s unemployment rate in May was 8.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent in April and below 9.3 percent last year.