San Luis Obispo County unemployment rate unchanged in June

San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent in June, unchanged from June 2015. It was higher than May’s revised 3.5 percent rate.

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 June was lower than the unadjusted unemployment rates of 5.7 percent for California and 5.1 percent for the nation in the same month.

The county’s rate was the eighth best among California’s 58 counties. San Mateo County reported the lowest June jobless rate in the state, at 3.3 percent. Imperial County reported the highest rate, at 23.7 percent.

In June, about 140,600 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County out of a civilian labor force of 147,200. The labor force includes everyone working and looking for work.

Excluding those who are self-employed, companies and agencies in the county reported 3,400 more jobs in June than in the same month last year — about a 2.9 percent increase.

Gains in the trade, transportation and utilities industries boosted job growth in the county — up 1,300 total jobs, or 6.3 percent, from the same month last year.

The leisure and hospitality industries also posted increases, with 1,000 jobs added, up 5.6 percent from June 2015.

The professional and business services industries lost a net total of 400 jobs, down 3.1 percent from June last year.

Of the largest cities in the county, Atascadero reported the lowest jobless rate in June, at 3.7 percent, with 600 of its 15,700 residents eligible for the workforce counted as unemployed, according to subcounty data from the EDD.

The city of San Luis Obispo’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent in June, with 1,300 of its 26,800 eligible residents counted as unemployed. Paso Robles reported a rate of 5 percent, with 900 of its 17,000 eligible workers unemployed. Arroyo Grande reported a rate of 3.9 percent, with 400 of its 9,900 eligible workers unemployed.

Data may not add up because of rounding; all 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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