Valley counties see seasonal job fluctuations in manufacturing, education


walnut processingSTOCKTON — The unemployment rate in Modesto was down in July, according to new figures from the California Employment Development Department. The jobless rate was up slightly in Stockton and Merced.

In Stanislaus County, July’s unemployment rate was 8.9 percent. That was down from a revised 9.1 percent in June.

Most hiring occurred in the manufacturing sector as the area geared up for its annual surge in food and beverage processing. That sector added 800 jobs in July. Construction also added 300 jobs.

That addition was offset by the seasonal loss of 1,100 public school jobs in Stanislaus County. Even so, Stanislaus County has added 600 jobs in that sector over the past year.

In San Joaquin County, the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in July, up from a revised 8.3 percent in June.

The county gained 1,000 jobs in manufacturing; 600 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities; 600 jobs in leisure and hospitality; 400 jobs in construction and 100 jobs in the financial sector.

As in Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County saw seasonal losses in the public education sector. In public education, 2,700 jobs were lost. In private education and health, 500 jobs were lost.

Over the past year, San Joaquin County has added 7,500 nonfarm jobs.  Stanislaus County has added 5,000.


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