Colusa County posts highest unemployment rate in state

Mar 10, 2014 7:53 PM

Colusa county had the highest unemployment rate in the state for the month of January.

The economic development department's January report shows Colusa county had 25.9% unemployment.

But it may not come as a shock to Colusa County residents.

Many of the county's jobs are seasonal and linked to agriculture.

And many of the seasonal jobs run from right around now through the late fall.

Colusa County Supervisor Mark Marshall said the county is aggressively looking at ways to diversify and become less dependent on agriculture.

“[It’s] the ripple effect when we have a decrease in seasonal employment, then the unemployment rates go up in other businesses as well,” Marshall said.

Last January, Colusa County had an unemployment rate of more than 27%, which eventually dropped to 12% in September.

California's unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in January, while the U.S. unemployment rate decreased 6.6%.


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