Job gains help lower unemployment rate in Butte, Shasta Counties

Oct 19, 2015 1:59 PM by News Staff/Associated Press

California's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest it's been in nearly eight years, and the amount of people jobless in the North State is dropping as well.

The California Employment Development Department reports that the state's jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, down from 6.1 percent in August, as a result of payroll gains.

The jobless rate in Butte County dropped all the way from 6.8 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September, matching the state numbers.

In Shasta County, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.1 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September. In 2014, the annual unemployment rate for Shasta County was 9.7 percent.

The unemployment rates for Glenn and Tehama Counties are slightly higher, however those rates have dropped significantly compared to the 2014 annual unemployment rates. Yuba County’s rate is 7.5 percent.

The last time California's unemployment rate was 5.9 percent was back in November 2007. The agency says California added 8,200 jobs in September, following a gain of 42,000 jobs in August.

The overall number of people unemployed was down by 43,000 since August and stands at 1.1 million. That figure doesn't include Californians who have stopped looking for work, or people working part-time who would rather be working full-time.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1 percent.


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