San Luis Obispo County's jobless rate was 4.4 percent in June, down from 5.4 percent in the year-earlier period. It was above May’s revised 4.3 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 June unemployment rates of 6.2 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation.
Because of seasonal work fluctuations — which can be significant — unemployment data are compared with the same month year over year.
June's rate was eighth best among the state's 58 counties. San Mateo County reported the lowest June jobless rate in the state, at 3.3 percent. Imperial County reported the highest, at 21.1 percent.
Last month, 137,300 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County out of a total civilian labor force of 143,700. The labor force includes everyone working and looking for work.
Excluding the self-employed, companies and agencies in the county reported 3,300 more jobs in June than in the same month last year — a 3 percent increase.
Gains in the educational and health services industries led job growth in the county, with 1,400 total jobs added in June — a 9.9 percent increase year over year. Gains in the trade, transportation and utilities industries also boosted employment in the county in June, with 1,000 jobs added – up 4.9 percent from the same month last year.
Both the financial activities industry and leisure and hospitality industries lost a net total of 100 jobs in June. The financial activities industry is down 2.4 percent from June 2014. The leisure and hospitality industries are down 0.6 percent from the year earlier period.
Of the largest cities in the county, Atascadero reported the lowest jobless rate last month at 3.7 percent, with 600 out of its 15,400 residents eligible for the workforce counted as unemployed, according to sub-county data from the state Employment Development Department.
The city of San Luis Obispo's jobless rate was 4.7 percent in June, with 1,200 out of its 26,200 eligible residents counted as unemployed.
Paso Robles reported a rate of 5 percent, with 800 of its 16,400 eligible workers unemployed.
Arroyo Grande reported a rate of 3.8 percent, with 400 out of its 9,700 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.