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400 more Mantecans now working again
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Almost 400 Manteca residents went back to work in Manteca to push the city’s unemployment rate down to 14.1 percent for the lowest level for those without jobs since October.

Countywide, the unemployment rate dropped from 17.7 percent in April down to 16.2 percent. Unemployment was at 18.4 percent in March.

San Joaquin County performed better than California as a whole that saw its unemployment rate drop two-tenths of a percent to 12.4 percent. The national jobless rate was 9.7 percent in May down from 9.9 percent in April.

Manteca’s jobless rate had been unchanged at 16.1 percent for the third straight months until it started improving two months ago. The unemployment rate in May of 2009 was 13.6 percent.

Unemployment in May in Ripon was pegged at 11.4 percent down from 12.5 percent, in Lathrop at 13.1 percent down from 14.6 percent, in Escalon it was 14.9 percent down from 16.3 percent, in Tracy is was 10.2 percent down from 11.2 percent, in Lodi 12.3 percent down from 13.5 percent, and in Stockton it was at 19.4 percent down from 21.2 percent.

The biggest net gains countywide were in farming with 8,600 jobs, federal  government with 600 new jobs almost all of which are temporary positions with the U.S. Census, leisure and hospitality with 200 jobs, construction with 100 new jobs, manufacturing with 100 new jobs, transportation and utilities with 100 new jobs, and other services with 100 new jobs.

Government is the No. 1 source of jobs in San Joaquin County with 41,100. That is followed by education and health services with 28,200 jobs, farming with 21,700, manufacturing with 18,200, as well as leisure and hospitality with 16,400.

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.