Sacramento, CA/Bilingual Weekly
California’s unemployment rate was unchanged
at 12.3 percent in July, and nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 9,400 during the month, according to data released last week by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys.
San Joaquin County climbed to the eighth place with the most unemployed —53,000 people or 17.4 percent of its labor force. That’s a full percentage point since the previous month, but still better than the 18.3% reached last January.
Only the counties of Merced (18.9%) and Stanislaus (17.6%) surpassed San Joaquin in the Valley.
Job losses were primarily in government employment, mostly temporary federal Census jobs, while private nonfarm payrolls grew by 13,700 jobs. The U.S. unemployment rate was also unchanged in July at 9.5 percent. In June, the state’s unemployment rate was 12.3 percent, and in July 2009, the unemployment rate was 11.8 percent.
The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.
Nonfarm jobs in California totaled 13,874,900 in July, a decrease of 9,400 over the month, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 42,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over-year change (July 2009 to July 2010) shows a decrease of 103,800 jobs (down 0.7 percent).