A report by the state Employment Development Department shows San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in January, up from 10 percent in December, but below the year-ago estimate of 10.6 percent.
It’s well below the 12.4 percent unemployment rate for California in January but higher than the 9 percent national rate for the month. While the EDD’s state and national statistics are seasonally adjusted to account for volatility, its county numbers are not.
Of a labor force of 134,800 people, the EDD cites the number of unemployed in the county as 13,800 — a total loss of 100 nonfarm jobs compared with January 2010.
The greatest losses year over year in the county were in the government sector, followed by educational and health services, and financial activities. Hiring was strongest in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.
San Luis Obispo County ranked seventh, along with San Diego County, for the lowest unemployment rate among the 58 California counties.
Mono and Marin counties had the lowest unemployment rate at 8.2 percent; Colusa County had the highest at 27.8 percent.