San Luis Obispo County's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July, down from 6.1 percent in the year-earlier period. It was above June’s revised 4.4 percent rate.
The California Employment Development Department releases monthly data on employment and industry rates.
The county’s rate last month also was below the unadjusted July unemployment rates of 6.2 percent for California and 5.3 percent for the nation.
Because of seasonal work fluctuations — which can be significant — unemployment data are compared with the same month year over year.
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July’s rate was eighth-best among the state’s 58 counties. San Mateo County reported the lowest July jobless rate in the state, at 3.6 percent. Imperial County reported the highest, at 24.2 percent.
Last month, 134,800 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County out of a total civilian labor force of 141,700. The labor force includes everyone working and looking for work.
Excluding the self-employed, companies and agencies in the county reported 3,600 more jobs in July than in the same month last year — a 2.7 percent increase.
Gains in the educational and health services industries boosted job growth in the county, with 1,000 total jobs added in July — a 7.1 percent increase year over year. Gains in the trade, transportation and utilities industries also led employment in the county in July, with 1,000 jobs added — up 4.9 percent from the same month last year.
Both the financial activities industry and information industry lost a net total of 100 jobs in July. The financial activities industry is down 2.4 percent from July 2014. The information industry is down 6.7 percent from the year earlier period.
Of the largest cities in the county, Atascadero reported the lowest jobless rate last month at 4 percent, with 600 out of its 15,200 residents eligible for the workforce counted as unemployed, according to subcounty data from the state Employment Development Department.
The city of San Luis Obispo’s jobless rate was 5.2 percent in July, with 1,300 out of its 25,800 eligible residents counted as unemployed.
Paso Robles reported a rate of 5.5 percent, with 900 of its 16,200 eligible workers unemployed.
Arroyo Grande reported a rate of 4.2 percent, with 400 out of its 9,500 eligible workers unemployed.
Data may not add up because of rounding. All unemployment rates reported are calculated on unrounded data.
Because of a smaller workforce at the city level, subcounty rates are subject to large month-to-month fluctuations.