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Record 14.8% of Mantecans without jobs

One out of every two employable adults in French Camp jobless

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Record 14.8% of Mantecans without jobs

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POSTED December 19, 2009 3:27 a.m.
Nine hundred city residents lost their jobs in October and November to push Manteca unemployment up to a post Depression high of 14.8 percent.

Of those, 400 lost their jobs in November. Among San Joaquin County cities, Manteca has the third highest unemployment rate behind Stockton at 20.3% and Escalon at 15.0%.

French Camp, while not a city, had the highest jobless rate in the county with 50.3 percent of its population or 800 people out of work.

Statewide, unemployment dropped to 12.3 percent in November compared to a record post Depression high of 12.5 percent in October. San Joaquin County went the opposite direction with the overall jobless rate at 16.9% for November compared to 16.1 percent in October.

Both Manteca and most of San Joaquin County is expected to take a hit in April when the NUMNI plant n Fremont that is responsible for 25,000 jobs directly either through working at the plant or supplying parts regionally in both the Bay Area and Northern San Joaquin Valley closes.

Almost 15 out of every 100 employable adults are now out of work in Manteca. That translates into 27,800 Manteca residents employed and 3,900 out of work.

There were 3,800 jobs lost countywide in November with farm employment falling by 3,700 jobs. There were four sectors that registered job gains larger than 1 percent in November. Ironically, among them was education with 400 more jobs or a 2.1 percent gain to 19,900.There has been no state job losses in the past nine months despite California’s $21 billion deficit. There are 4,000 state jobs within San Joaquin County.

The national unemployment number dropped to 10.0 percent in November from 10.2 percent in October.

The jobless rate in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is impacted as much by the Bay Area economy as it is by the local economy. The data reflects the number of available adults who are gainfully employed or not within a certain jurisdiction within the county. Overall, the job count reflects positions available in the county although they could be held by non-county residents just like many Bay Area jobs are held by those who live in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

It is that mixture that has cushioned the impact somewhat in Manteca, Lathrop, Ripon, and Tracy keeping the employment figures that are still better than the Great Depression when the San Joaquin Valley was devastated as virtually a 100-percent farming region. Diversification has helped somewhat.

State economists expect the jobless rate to remain in the double digits throughout most of 2010 before it starts improving near year’s end.
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