Written by Gabriel Dillard
With the exception of Kings County, unemployment rates in the Central Valley rose higher in July from the month prior, according to the latest data from the state Employment Development Department.
Fresno County’s unemployment rate for July was 8.7 percent, up from 8.3 percent in June but below 9.1 percent a year ago.
Farm industries added 1,800 jobs on a month-over basis, while nonfarm industries shed a net 4,900 jobs. Government had the most losses with 5,800 jobs, while construction, mining and logging industries added 800 jobs.
On a year-over basis, farms lost 1,000 jobs while nonfarm industries added 7,300 jobs, with the biggest gains in government with 4,000 positions.
Kings County had an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent in July, down from 9.1 percent in June and below 9.4 percent a year ago.
Month over month, farm employment stayed the same while nonfarm industries added a net 300 jobs. Year over year, Kings County farms added 100 jobs and nonfarm employers hired 400 more people.
Madera County’s July unemployment rate was 8.4 percent, up from 8 percent in June but below 9.2 percent a year ago.
Farms lost 900 jobs in July compared to the month prior, while nonfarm industries lost 400. On an annual basis, farms shed 200 positions while nonfarm industries added 1,500.
Tulare County’s unemployment rate for July was 10.8 percent, up from 9.9 percent in June and unchanged from a year ago.
Tulare County farms lost 1,300 jobs month over month, while nonfarm industries shed 2,700 jobs.
Month over month, Tulare County farms added 100 jobs and nonfarm industries added 2,300 jobs.
California’s unemployment rate for July was 4.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in June but below 5.4 percent a year ago.