San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate fell below the 10 percent mark again in March.
The March figure of 9.9 percent was only slightly above the 9.8 percent figure recorded in February by the California Employment Development Department.
Last month, there were 123,800 people in the county counted among the employed out of a total civilian labor force of 137,400, the department reported.
The sectors that showed the biggest gains from the previous month were trade, transportation and utilities as well as educational and health services. Those categories gained 400 jobs each.
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Leisure and hospitality gained 300 jobs, and professional and business services netted 200.
When looking year over year, trade, transportation and utilities led the way with 900 jobs gained in March over the same month in 2010, followed by leisure and hospitality (600 jobs), professional and business services (400), and educational and health services (400).
Government lost 800 jobs from March 2010.
The unincorporated areas of Oceano and Nipomo had the highest unemployment rates in the county last month at 18.2 percent and 13.1 percent respectively.
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and San Miguel followed with rates of 11.8 percent, 10.9 percent and 10.7 percent respectively.
Shandon had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.9 percent, followed by Cayucos at 5.8 percent.
The county’s unemployment rate ranked seventh out of 58 counties in the state. Marin County had the lowest rate of unemployment at 8 percent and Colusa County had the highest at 26.7 percent.
The county’s jobless rate is lower than the state, which had a 12 percent unemployment rate in March. San Luis Obispo County continues to lag behind the nation, however, which had an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent last month.