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Government jobs up 500 in SJ County while 400 more Mantecans out of work
Four hundred Manteca residents joined the ranks of the unemployed in October as the jobless rate inched back toward a post Depression high of 14.4 percent set in March.

Manteca mirrored the rest of San Joaquin County and California as a whole as unemployment rates shot up throughout the state. Manteca is now at 14.1 percent unemployed, San Joaquin County is at 16.1 percent, and California is at a record high of 12.5 percent. In September, Manteca and the rest of San Joaquin County had bucked the statewide trend for the second straight month in as more people went back to work.

Just over fourteen out of every 100 employable adults are now out of work in Manteca. That translates into 24,100 Manteca residents employed and 4,000 out of work.

Countywide there was a 16.2 percent unemployment rate in September up from 15.5 percent in August. The worst city to be living and looking for a job is Stockton with a 19.4 percent unemployment rate. The hardest hit community is the unincorporated area of French Camp in the northwest portion of the Manteca Unified School District where 49 percent of the able-bodied adult population is out of work.

There were 1,900 jobs lost countywide in October with farm employment accounting by 1,500 jobs. There were three sectors that registered job gains in October. Ironically, among them was education and government which includes state and federal jobs. The job gains came despite the state budget crisis.

There were 500 more government jobs in October ans200 more jobs in education as well as health and service. Professional and business services were up 200 jobs.

Government adds 1,900 jobs in past two months
After three months of job losses, the government sector posted a gain of 500 jobs in August and then the 900 jobs in September and 500 in October while education and health services increased 100 jobs in August and then 600 jobs in September plus another 200 in October.

There were 1,900 farm jobs lost in October dropping the number employed job losses to 15,000 in the ag sector. Statewide, 12.5 percent of Californians were unemployed in October.

The national unemployment number rose to 10.2 percent in October.

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.

The closure of NUMNI in Fremont early next year is expected to have a major ripple effect this side of the Altamont Pass not just because of assembly line workers who live here losing jobs but also those who help manufacture parts for the cars and those who truck those parts.

State economists expect the jobless rate to remain in the double digits throughout most of 2010 before it starts improving near year’s end.