published on August 19, 2016 - 7:18 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Central Valley unemployment rates inched up in July, according to the latest data from the state Employment Development Department.

Fresno County’s July unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, up from 9.3 percent in June and below 9.8 percent last year.

Government posted the largest month-over-month drop of 4,900 positions, attributed to seasonal churn as schools recessed for the summer. Manufacturing had the largest month-over gain of 1,100 jobs, primarily in nondurable goods.

Year over year, nonfarm employment rose by 10,500 jobs and farm employment grew up 2,900 jobs in Fresno County.

Madera County’s unemployment rate last month was 9.5 percent, up from 9.3 percent in June but below 10.3 percent last year. Both farm and nonfarm industries shed 700 jobs each month over month, while farm employment was static and nonfarm industries added 2,400 jobs on the year-over basis.

In Tulare County, the July unemployment rate was 11.3 percent, up from 10.7 percent in June but below 11.5 percent last year. Farms added 900 jobs month over month, while nonfarm industries lost 2,900 jobs. On a year-over basis, farms added 500 jobs while nonfarm industries added 2,200.

Kings County was the only county that had a monthly drop in unemplyoment.

Kings County saw a July unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, down from 10.2 percent the previous month and 9.7 percent a year ago. Month over month, farm employment grew by 700 jobs and nonfarm employment by 400. Year over year, Kings County farms added 100 jobs while nonfarm employers added 500.

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