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272 Manteca residents land jobs during May

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POSTED June 18, 2011 2:53 a.m.

Manteca enjoyed a second straight month of a full percentage point drop in unemployment in May as the jobless rate has now fallen from 16.1 percent in March to 14.1 percent in April.

The labor force report issued by the state Employment Development Department reflects 272 more Manteca residents with jobs in May. That means since January when the jobless rate reached a post World War II high of 16.2 percent Manteca has five straight  months of employment improvement with a net gain of almost 600 additional people working.

There are  still 3,900 Manteca residents looking for jobs. Some 23,400 residents are employed.

It’s been 20 months since the jobless rate was under 14 percent in Manteca. That was in September 2009 when it was at 13.5 percent. The jobless rate in Manteca hasn’t been under 10 percent for four years.

California’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month going from 11.9 percent in April to 11.7 percent in May. Nationally, the jobless rate is at 9.1 percent up from 9 percent in April.

San Joaquin County’s jobless rate dropped to 17.3 percent in May from 17.6 percent in April.

Stockton’s jobless rate went from 20.7 percent in April to 19.4 percent in May.

The jobless rate in May in Ripon went down to 11.4 percent from 12.2 percent in April, in Lathrop it was at 13.1 percent down from 14.1 percent, in Escalon it was 14.9 percent down from 15.9 percent, in Tracy it was 10.2  percent down from 10.7 percent, and in Lodi it was 12.3 percent down from 13.2 percent.

The biggest employment sectors to gain jobs countywide were manufacturing as well as leisure and hospitality with 300 new job gains apiece followed by construction with 200 more jobs. It marked the second straight months the categories experienced job gains above the 100 mark.

The only employment categories to drop were government with 200 jobs lost and private sector education and health services with 100 jobs eliminated.

Federal government jobs - excluding Department of Defense employment that remained static - increased 100 to 4,000. The stat government did not shed any jobs in San Joaquin County while ;local schools dropped 300 jobs.

That net number is after 300 local school jobs were shed and the federal government added 100 jobs.

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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