San Bernardino County's unemployment rate increases to 5.4 percent in June

Michele Moreno
July 24, 2017

The state's unemployment rate was down from 5.9 percent a year before and from 5.7 percent in January.

Last month's rate was up from May's rate of 4.1 percent.

EDD says occupations with the most job ads in Sacramento last month were: registered nurses, truck drivers and retail salespersons. According to the department's senior economist, Ryan Gedney, the oil and gas industry is slowly rebounding from when prices crashed a couple years ago, noting the state's rig count is twice what it was a year ago.

"Right now, the over-the-year growth isn't negative", he said. "It seems like it's steady, at least". Numbers for June show the jobless rate for the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade area was 4.8 percent.

Napa County has the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the state.

The number of unemployed, defined as workers without a job who actively sought one in the past month, dropped to 67,200 in June. Gedney said, historically, there have been only three states below that rate: New Hampshire at 2.2 percent in 1987, CT at 2.2 percent in 2000 and Virginia has the record at 2.1 percent in 2000.

Leisure and hospitality hiring was especially strong in June, accounting for 23,400 of the 33,800 jobs added in June on a seasonally unadjusted basis. "Payroll growth is improved over 2016, but it's still growing at half the pace of 2015", he says. Mining and logging declined over the year.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported on Friday that June's rate represented the first decline after a three-month period during which the unemployment remained unchanged at 3.8 percent.

"Colorado has a very low unemployment rate and is gifted with a great economy", Acosta said.

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