Biz Buzz: More county residents out of work

San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate remained above 10 percent in March, the third straight month the area was in the double-digits, according to state data.

The rate was 10.6 percent last month, inching up slightly from 10.2 percent recorded in February.

That compares to a rate of 12.6 percent for California and 9.7 percent for the nation in March.

The unemployment rate for the county in the same month a year ago was 8.4 percent.

A total of 4,000 nonfarm jobs were lost from March 2009 to March of this year, with the biggest hits coming in mining, logging, construction and professional and business services.

There was a gain of 1,000 nonfarm jobs, however, from February to March, the state reported. Government, educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality led the job growth.

The county also was in the top 10 communities with the lowest unemployment rate in California. It ranked eighth of the 58 counties. Mono County had the lowest unemployment rate, at 8.1 percent, and Imperial County recorded the highest, at 27 percent.

— Julie Lynem