The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County fell further in May, according to the latest figures from the Department of Employment Development.
The May unemployment rate stood at 8% for Stanislaus County, down from the revised rate of 8.6% in April and well below the estimate of 15.6% there is a year.
The drop in unemployment has been largely fueled by a reopening of the economy and just about all sectors finding they need to hire more people.
All but two sectors in Stanislaus County posted job gains or remained stable in May, with agriculture showing the strongest growth, according to the EDD.
During the month of May, the agriculture sector added around 2,900 jobs and exceeded last year’s number by around 1,000, EDD reported.
Education and Health Services added about 700 positions for the month and represents about 1,400 positions from the previous year.
Leisure and hospitality created around 200 jobs in May. More importantly, the sector is above its last year’s level of around 4,100 positions, EDD reported.
Mining, logging and construction added about 100 jobs for the month. Manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, information, professional and business services and other services were all flat for the month.
Financial activities and the government reported job losses of about 100 each for the month of May.
Stanislaus County has around 221,000 employees and 19,300 unemployed, according to the EDD.
Opportunity Stanislaus said local employers are still having difficulty hiring new employees and is launching a program that can help streamline the process.
“We checked the unemployment data for Stanislaus and Merced counties and found that there are around 30,000 unemployed people right now, then imagined the disaster that would happen in September if everyone got out. unemployment trying to find a job, “said Amber, spokesperson for Opportunity Stanislaus. Edwards.
The program directs unemployed people to the website www.hiringheadstart.com where they can apply for high paying jobs at some of the best businesses in the county.
“Some offer hiring bonuses and all have good benefits that include things like medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, and perks like on-site COVID vaccinations,” Edwards said.
Job seekers complete an application, which takes around five minutes, and then all participating employers receive an email with their application at the same time. Currently, Opportunity Stanislaus has 14 employers participating in the program.
California had an unemployment rate of 7.5% and the national rate was 5.5% for the same period.
Turlock had an unemployment rate of 6.5% in May, down from the 6.7% posted in April. Denair came in at 7.6 percent, down from 8.1 percent. Hughson had a rate of 4.3%, down from 4.6%. Keyes reported a rate of 9.9%, up from 10.5% and Ceres had a rate of 9.5%, down from 9.9% in April.
EDD has released data regarding online job postings and companies looking to hire for the month of May. The top 10 positions with the most vacancies for the month in Stanislaus County were: Registered Nurses – 572, which is an increase of 88 from the previous month; retail sellers – 333, up 21 from April; wholesale and manufacturing representatives except scientific and technical products – 292, which were up 31 from April; heavy truck and semi-trailer drivers – 271, down 10 from the previous month; customer service representatives – 248, up 17 from the previous month; front line supervisors of retail salespeople – 238, an increase of 17 from April; freight, inventory and equipment workers and movers – 225, who lost four for the month; maintenance and repair workers – 192, an increase of three from April; managers – 183, up 28 over the month; and Combined Food Preparers and Servers including Fast Food – 165, an increase of 28 from the previous month.
The top 10 companies with the most online jobs in Stanislaus County in May were: Anthem Blue Cross – 340, up 49; Modesto City Schools – 176, down 20; Ceres Unified School District – 149, down 52; Tenet Health System – 132, up from 36; Sutter’s Health – 116, up 6; Turlock Unified School District – 104, which was down from April 18; Emanuel Medical Center – 99, up from 15; E&J Gallo Winery – 98, up 24; Hospitals of Providence – 97, up from 44; and Modesto Medical Center – 79, the same as the previous month.