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1,800 more Mantecans working than a year ago
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Manteca’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest level in 50 months in June.

The 13 percent jobless rate reported Friday by the state Economic Development Department is just about twice the lowest unemployment percentage in at least 25 years. It is however, lower than the 14.1 percent jobless rate in June of 2011. It translates into 1,800 more Manteca residents working today than a year ago.

There are still 3,700 Manteca residents actively looking for work who cannot find a job.

Countywide, 14.9 percent of the population seeking jobs can’t find one. Unlike Manteca that experienced a drop in the May to June jobless rate, the county increased slightly to 14.9 percent.

Leading the job gains in June countywide were farming that added 1,200, manufacturing with 1,100, and construction with 700. Education and health services suffered the biggest drop falling off by 1,200 jobs followed by government shedding 800 jobs and the trades 500 jobs.

Unemployment in Ripon was at 10.4 percent in June. Other June jobless rates included 12.1 percent for Lathrop, 9.3 percent for Tracy, 11.3 percent for Lodi, and 18 percent for Stockton.

California’s unemployment rate fell slightly in June to 10.7 percent, as the state added 38,300 jobs.

It marked a slight drop from May, when unemployment was at 10.8 percent.

State officials say trade, transportation and utilities posted the largest job increases since May.

The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent in June. California’s decline is a dramatic drop from a year ago, when unemployment in the state was 11.9 percent.