Written by Gabriel Dillard
Central Valley unemployment rates continued to tumble in August, according to the latest data from the state Employment Development Department.
Fresno County’s unemployment rate for August was 6.6 percent, below 7.1 percent in July and 7.7 percent a year ago.
On the month-over basis, total employment increased by 500 jobs. Government employment saw the biggest drop with 3,000 jobs as schools recessed for the summer. Farms saw the largest increase with 1,800 jobs as harvest activity ramped up, while manufacturing gained 1,000 jobs.
On an annual basis, government saw the largest increase with 1,700 jobs, as did professional and business services with an additional 1,700 added to payrolls.
In Kings County, the unemployment rate for August was 6.7 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July and 7.7 percent a year ago.
Farms lost 100 jobs month-over-month, while government saw the largest bump with 400 additional positions.
Year-over-year, manufacturing hiring dipped by 700 jobs, while educational & health services saw the biggest spike with 300 jobs.
Madera County’s unemployment rate last month was 6.2 percent, down from 7 percent in July and 7.3 percent a year ago.
Farms added 1,100 positions month-over-month, while professional & business services employment shrunk by 100 positions.
On an annual basis, farm employment was unchanged while nonfarm industries added 1,200 jobs, led by educational & health services and government with 300 new jobs in each category.
Tulare County’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent for August, down from 9.4 percent in July and 10 percent a year ago.
Farm employment dipped by 400 jobs month-over-month, while government had the biggest increase with 2,800 positions.
On an annual basis, farms added 3,700 jobs while professional & business services received the largest boost with 1,500 new positions.
California’s unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent for the fifth consecutive month.