Lake County News, Calif. – October unemployment rate edged up in Lake County; revert to pre-pandemic numbers for jobs

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Unemployment rose slightly in Lake County, across California and across the country in October, according to the state’s latest unemployment rate reports.

As unemployment rose, the Department of Employment Development said the good news is that in October California recovered all 2,758,900 jobs lost during the pandemic-induced recession.

In Lake County, the unemployment rate in October was 4.5%, down from 4.3% in September. The October 2021 rate was 6.2%.

Most employment sectors were down in October, with the exception of mining, logging and construction, which rose 3.2%; State and local government, 1.3%; education and health services, 0.4%; and services production, 0.1%.

California added more than 56,000 jobs in October and now has 30,800 more jobs than the pre-pandemic total for February 2020.

Additionally, California marked the 13th straight month of job growth in October and accounted for more than 20% of the nation’s new jobs, surpassing the nation in year-over-year job growth. other.

California’s unemployment rate in October was 4%, down from 3.8% in September, which was a record high for the state in a data set dating back to 1976.

Nationally, unemployment in October was 3.7%, down from 3.5% in September, but has improved significantly from the 4.6% reported in October 2021.

The number of Californians employed in October was 18,502,900, down 40,500 from September’s total of 18,543,400, but up 642,100 from October’s employment total, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed Californians was 776,600 in October, up 35,400 on the month but down 386,900 from October 2021.

The state said total nonfarm payrolls in California’s 11 major industries were 17,722,700 in October, a net gain of 56,700 jobs from September. This follows a downwardly revised monthly gain (-1,200) of 5,300 jobs in September.

Total statewide non-farm payrolls increased by 695,500 (a 4.1% increase) from October 2021 to October 2022, compared to the US annual gain of 5,303,000 jobs (a 4.1% increase). 3.6%), says the report. In Lake County, non-farm payrolls increased 4.9%, or 760 jobs, over the same period.

In terms of total farm jobs, statewide the number of jobs in the agriculture industry fell by 100 from September to a total of 410,700 jobs in October. The agriculture industry had 3,000 more agricultural jobs in October 2022 than in October a year ago. In Lake County, the total agricultural employment category increased 5.4% from the previous year, with 240 jobs added.

Eight out of 11 employment sectors added jobs. Education and health services saw the largest increase, 16,800 jobs, posting the largest month-over-month gains on the back of above-average gains in ambulatory care services, facilities nursing and individual and family services. In Lake County, the education and health services sector increased 0.4%, or 20 jobs.

Professional and business services added 16,400 jobs statewide, strong growth attributed in part to above-average gains in accounting, tax preparation and bookkeeping services. This sector showed no growth in October in Lake County.

Other sectors that showed growth statewide and Lake County comparisons include:

• Recreation and Hospitality: Increased 13,500 jobs statewide; Lake County lost 2.3%, or 30 jobs.
• Manufacturing: increase of 6,400 jobs; Lake County lost 2.7% or 10 jobs.
• Commerce, transport and public services: increase of 4,600 jobs; Lake County lost 0.3%, or 10 jobs.
• Information: increase of 4,100 jobs; Lake County showed no change.
• Financial activities: increase of 3,600 jobs; Lake County lost 3%, or 10 jobs.
• Other services: increase of 100 jobs; Lake County lost 1.8%, or 10 jobs.

Lake County’s 4.3% unemployment rate ranked it 42nd statewide in October.

Counties neighboring Lake had the following rates and rankings: Colusa, 7.2%, #56; Glenn, 4.6%, #44; Mendocino, #20, 3.3%; Napa, No. 8, 2.7%; Sonoma, No. 6, 2.6%; and Yolo, #20, 3.3%.

In related data that appears in the state’s unemployment rate, 289,716 people were certified for unemployment insurance benefits during the October 2022 sample week. EDD said that this compares to 294,085 people in September and 463,257 people in October 2021.

Meanwhile, 38,186 initial requests were processed during the October 2022 sample week, representing a one-month increase of 3,685 requests from September and a one-year decrease of 21,693 requests from from October 2021.

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