Unemployment in Tehama County is falling again

Headquarters of the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento. The agency says it has made improvements that make it better prepared to issue employee benefits if the economy worsens. (Photo: Rahul Lal/CalMatters)

RED BLUFF For the second month in a row, Tehama County’s unemployment rate fell slightly in August to 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent. in July.

Tehama County ranks 43rd out of the state’s 58 counties in its unemployment rate, according to preliminary data released by the California Employment Development Department. In July, Tehama County ranked 44th, so there was a slight decline in both months. At the beginning of the month, Tehama County had the 38th highest state unemployment rate.

Month over month, the number of agricultural jobs increased by 13 percent, the most important increase this month. The second largest increase was in state government employment, up 3.7%. The most significant decline was recorded in leisure and hospitality occupations – by 5.7%. The second largest decline was in construction employment at 1.7 percent, followed by mining and logging at 1.5 percent.

From August 2022 to 2023, the most significant job growth was in construction at 7.3%, followed by mining and logging at 6.5%. Jobs related to the production of goods were third with a share of 2.7%.

Wholesale trade jobs saw a significant decline of 8.3 percent, followed by other services jobs by 6.5 percent and non-permanent good jobs by 5.7 percent.

Butte County ranks 34th in the state with an unemployment rate of 5.2%, which has remained steady for months. Shasta County’s percentage rose to 5.2%, and Glenn County ranked 47th at 6.1%, down from July. Plumas County dropped to 5.4% unemployment and ranked 39th.

Imperial County ranked 58th with 21.1%, down from 17.6% in July. Tulare County had unemployment at 9.7%, followed by Colusa County at 8.5% and Merced County at 7.7%.

Once again, the lowest unemployment rate in San Mateo County was 2.9 percent, down from 3 percent in July. The next lowest was San Francisco County at 3 percent, followed by San Clara and Serra counties at 3.2 percent. Marin County took fifth place with a rating of 3.3

Statewide unemployment was 4.9%, while the U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8%.

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