San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate was 4.6 percent in August, down slightly from 4.7 percent in the year-earlier period.
Because of seasonal work fluctuations, which can be significant, unemployment data are compared with those of the same month year over year as an indicator of trends in joblessness. The California Employment Development Department releases monthly data on employment and industry rates.
The county’s rate for August was lower than the unadjusted unemployment rates of 5.6 percent for California and 5 percent for the nation in the same month.
The county’s rate was the eighth best among California’s 58 counties, tied with Alameda County.
San Mateo County reported the lowest August jobless rate in the state, at 3.2 percent. Imperial County reported the highest rate, at 23.8 percent.
In August, about 136,000 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County out of a civilian labor force of 142,500. The labor force includes everyone working and looking for work.
Excluding those who are self-employed, companies and agencies in the county reported 2,400 more jobs in August than in the same month last year — about a 2.1 percent increase.
Gains in the trade, transportation and utilities industries boosted job growth in the county — up 900 total jobs, or 4.3 percent, from the same month last year.
The leisure and hospitality industries also posted increases, with 800 jobs added, up 4.4 percent from August 2015.
Government industries lost a net total of 400 jobs, down 2 percent from August 2015.
Professional and business services also lost a net total of 400 jobs, down 3.1 percent from the same month last year.
Of the largest cities in the county, Atascadero reported the lowest jobless rate in August, at 3.8 percent, with 600 of its 15,200 residents eligible for the workforce counted as unemployed, according to subcounty data from the Employment Development Department.
The city of San Luis Obispo’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent in August, with 1,300 of its 26,000 eligible residents counted as unemployed.
Paso Robles reported a rate of 5.1 percent, with 800 of its 16,500 eligible workers unemployed.
Arroyo Grande reported a rate of 4 percent, with 400 of its 9,600 eligible workers unemployed.
Data may not add up because of rounding; most rates reported are calculated on unrounded data. Because of smaller workforces at the city level, subcounty rates are subject to large month-to-month fluctuations.
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