published on March 23, 2018 - 3:20 PM
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California’s unemployment rate fell to a record-low rate of 4.3 percent in February, compared to a year earlier, with employers adding about 14,000 non-farming jobs over that period.

But that trend didn’t’ hold up for some Valley counties, as Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties all had slight rises in their unemployment rates over the same period, while Madera county’s 8.3 percent unemployment rate in February 2017 stayed the same in February 2018, according to figures provided by the California Employment Development Department.

The rate went up in Fresno County, from 8.6 percent in February of last year to 9.1 percent last month, from 9.4 percent to 9.7 percent in Kings County and from 11.1 percent to 11.3 percent in Tulare County.

That translates to 75,200 people in the four counties without jobs in February, the EDD reports.

“The number of unemployed Californians was 843,000 in February — down by 9,000 over the month and down by 143,000 compared with February of last year,” when the statewide unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, states a department press release.

A federal household survey shows an increase in the number of employed Californians over the month and the year, estimating that the number of Californians holding jobs in February totaled 18,550,000, an increase of 13,000 from January, and up 322,000 compared to total employment in the state during February of last year.

“Ten of California’s eleven industry sectors added a total of 385,700 jobs over the year. The largest job gains were in educational and health services,” a 3.5 percent increase, followed by construction, which experienced 2.4 percent growth.

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