published on September 15, 2017 - 10:45 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The state Employment Development Department has released its latest unemployment rates for August, with the Valley’s numbers mostly down for the month.

Fresno County’s unemployment rate for August was 8.6 percent, unchanged from July but below 8.5 percent a year ago.

On a month-over basis, nonfarm employment dropped by 300 jobs while farm employment increased by 1,700 jobs.

Year over year, nonfarm employment rose by 5,200 jobs (government reported the largest increase of 2,200 jobs), while farms cut 2,800 jobs.

Kings County’s unemployment rate for August was 8.5 percent, down from 8.8 percent in July and also down from 8.8 percent a year ago.

Nonfarm industries added 500 jobs month-over-month, while farms shed 200 jobs.

On a year-over basis, farm employment was stagnant while nonfarm industries added 500 jobs.

The August unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in Madera County, down from 8.3 percent in July and below 8.2 percent a year ago.

Madera County farms added 2,200 jobs on a month-over basis, while nonfarm industries added 700 jobs.

Year over year, farms added 700 jobs while nonfarm industries added 1,300 jobs.

In Tulare County, the August unemployment rate was 10.6 percent, down from 10.7 percent in July but above 10.4 percent a year ago.

Tulare farms shed 700 jobs month-over-month, while nonfarm industries added 1,000 jobs.

On an annual basis, farms added 100 jobs while nonfarm industries added 3,800 jobs, led by educational & health services with 1,300 jobs.

Statewide, the August unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent, compared to 4.8 percent in July. It was down from 5.4 percent in August 2016.

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