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200 more Manteca residents find jobs
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A net gain of 200 Manteca residents found jobs in October to push the unemployment rate down to 14.3 percent.

That left 3,900 employable Mantecans looking for jobs at the start of November. It represented a slight improvement over the September Manteca jobless rate of 14.5 percent.

The jobless rate in October in Ripon was pegged at 11.5 percent down from 11.7 percent, in Lathrop at 13.2 down from 13.5 percent, in Escalon it was 15 percent down from 15.3 percent, in Tracy is was 10.3 percent down from 10.4 percent, in Lodi it was 12.4 percent down from 12.6 percent, and in Stockton it was at 19.6 percent down from 19.9 percent.

San Joaquin County’s overall jobless rate dropped to 16.3 percent from 16.6 in September. The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 12.4 percent. Nationally, 9.6 percent of the work force was without a job during October

San Joaquin County created 600 non-farm jobs in October. The biggest net gain was in government with 400 jobs thanks to 500 people being hired by various local education entities to offset job losses in local government.

Private sector education and health services also generated 400 new jobs last month while 300 jobs were added in transportation and utilities and 200 jobs in professional and business services.

Manufacturing was the big non-farm loser with 400 jobs disappearing. There were 200 jobs lost in the leisure and hospitality industries and another 100 in construction.

It’s been 13 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 nearly four years.

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.