San Luis Obispo County's jobless rate increased to 6 percent in July, though it stayed well below the year-ago rate of 7.2 percent.
San Luis Obispo County's rate last month was also below the unadjusted July unemployment rates of 7.8 percent for California and 6.5 percent for the nation.
It tied with Santa Barbara County for sixth best among California's 58 counties. Elsewhere in the state, Marin County reported the lowest July jobless rate in the state at 4.4 percent, and Imperial County reported the highest at 24.7 percent.
Unemployment for the county peaked during the recession at 10.5 percent in January 2010, according to data provided by the state Employment Development Department.
Last month, 133,500 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County, out of a total civilian labor force of 142,000.
The labor force, also called the labor participation rate, includes everyone working, looking for work or receiving unemployment benefits in the county.
Excluding the self-employed, county companies and agencies had 2,900 more jobs this July than in the same month last year, a 2.8 percent increase.
Gains in the educational and health services industry led job growth in the county, with 600 jobs added in July in that category — up 4.6 percent from the same period a year ago.
The miscellaneous services category also saw gains, with 500 jobs added in July — an 11.6 percent increase year-over-year.
But the trade, transportation and utilities industry lost 1,000 jobs in July, down 4.8 percent from the year-earlier period.
San Luis Obispo's jobless rate was 6.6 percent in July, with 1,900 people out of its 28,600 eligible workforce counted as unemployed, according to sub-county data provided by the state Employment Development Department. Paso Robles had a rate of 7.2 percent, with 1,000 of its 13,400 eligible workers counted as unemployed.
Because of a smaller workforce on the city level, sub-county rates are subject to large fluctuations month to month.