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Jobless rate in Manteca bounces up to 14 percent

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Jobless rate in Manteca bounces up to 14 percent

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POSTED August 22, 2009 3:13 a.m.
Manteca’s unemployment rate worsened in July after four months of small improvements.

Fourteen out of every 100 employable adults are now out of work in Manteca. That translates into 200 more people unemployed in July leaving 28,000 Manteca residents employed.

Countywide there was a 16 percent unemployment rate in July. The worst spot to be living and looking for a job is Stockton with a 19.2 percent unemployment rate

The California Employment Development Department reported Manteca’s jobless rate at 14.0 percent for July, down from a post World War II record high 14.4 per cent in March.

There was some good news as NUMNI in Fremont added 130 temporary workers due to dropping inventory from the Clunkers for Cash effort. Toyota is scheduled to decide in late August whether to end its relationship with the auto assembly plant or continue production.

There are a number of NUMNI workers who live in Manteca. At the same time, several suppliers and trucking firms based in Manteca rely on NUMNI for employment.

For the second month in a row, job losses in the education/health services as well as government sectors were near the top of the bad unemployment news for San Joaquin County. There were 600 jobs lost in education/health services and 2,000 jobs in government. There are now 27,400 employed in education/health services and 38,200 in government.

There were 7,700 farm jobs lost in July bringing the number employed down to 14,700. There were also 100 construction jobs lost bringing the number employed in that sector to 9,600.
Statewide, 11.9 percent of Californians were unemployed in July compared to 11.6 percent in June, 11.5 percent in May and 11.2 percent in April.

The national unemployment number dropped to 9.4 percent in July after rising to 9.5 percent in June, up from 9.4 percent in May.

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 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 2009 before it starts improving near year’s end.
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