Unemployment rate drops in Stanislaus

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County fell in March with modest gains in several sectors driving up the labor force.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 5.7% in March, compared to a revised rate of 6.5% in February, according to the latest report from the Department of Employment Development. The rate was well below the estimate of 9.9% a year ago.

The county’s agricultural sector was bolstered in March, with Stanislaus adding about 400 jobs.

The government sector added about 500 positions each in March. Leisure and hospitality added about 400 jobs for the month.

Additional sectors that added jobs in March in Stanislaus County were: Manufacturing (200); Professional and business services (500); and other services (100). Sectors that posted employment declines for the month were: mining, logging and construction (100); trade, transport and public services (100); Financial activities (100); and Education and Health Services (300).

California’s unemployment rate was 4.2% and the national rate was 3.8 for the same period.

Turlock had an unemployment rate of 3.9% in March. Denair was at 8.3%, Keyes at 4.1% and Hilmar at 2.5%, according to the EDD.

Every month, the EDD publishes data on online vacancy rates. In Stanislaus County in March, the positions seeking the most hires were: registered nurses 787; heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers 401; retailers 374; sales representatives 279; front-line supervisors of retail workers 245; 239 customer service representatives; managers 203; maintenance and repair workers 191; directors of medical and health services 190; and workers and movers of freight, livestock and materials 173.

The companies with the most job openings in March in Stanislaus County were: Anthem Blue Cross 568; Sutter Health 224; Tenet 223 Health System; E&J Gallo 117; Modesto City Schools 97; Sysco Corporation 91; CSU Stanislas 89; Gallo Glass Company 88; Kaiser Permanente 87; and McDonald’s 84.

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