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Jobless rate in Manteca reaches 15%

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Jobless rate in Manteca reaches 15%

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POSTED January 23, 2010 2:42 a.m.
Manteca suffered a second straight record month of post World War II unemployment in December.

Fifteen out of every employable adults was out of work in Manteca during December as the jobless rate went from 14.8 percent in November to 15.0 percent in December.

Manteca mirrored San Joaquin County as well as neighboring communities in seeing an increase in unemployment.

Among San Joaquin County cities, Manteca has the third highest unemployment rate behind Stockton at 20.5% and Escalon at 15.2%. French Camp, while not a city, had the highest jobless rate in the county with 50.7 percent of its population or 800 people out of work.

Thirty Manteca residents lost their jobs in December bringing the number of residents without jobs to 4,200. There are 27,800 people employed in Manteca.

In terms of actual jobs within San Joaquin County regardless of where those who hold them reside, the county registered a net loss of 1,000 jobs. The biggest hits were in construction and government with each sector losing 300 jobs. Manufacturing shed 200 jobs while farming, business/professional services, leisure & hospitality, and other services each dropped 100 positions.

The two brightest spots were education/health services and transportation/utilities. Each sector added 100 jobs. Other sectors of the community from information and financial activities to mining remained unchanged.

Statewide, unemployment remained at 12.2 percent in December compared to a record post Depression high of 12.5 percent in October.

San Joaquin County’s overall jobless rate was at 17.1 percent for December 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 in 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.

The national unemployment number stayed at 10 percent in December.

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.
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