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Jobless rate stays unchanged in June
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Manteca’s unemployment rate went unchanged in June.

That’s good news compared to California as a whole that went from 11.9 percent in May to 12.1 percent in June in terms of the percentage of the workforce out of jobs.

Some 5,000 new farm jobs helped knock San Joaquin County’s unemployment rate down to 16.2 percent in June from 17.3 percent in May. There were 1,200 non-farm jobs created in the county during June including 600 in manufacturing and 400 in construction. There were 400 new jobs in trades and transportation, another 200 in professional services, 300 more leisure and hospitality jobs, and 100 jobs that were lumped into “other services” by the California Economic Development Department.

The gains helped offset the loss 700 heath services and education jobs and  100 government jobs

The labor force report issued by the state reflects 23,400 Manteca residents with jobs and 3,800 who are unemployed.

It’s been 20 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 four years.

Nationally, the jobless rate is at 9.2 percent up from 9.1 percent in the previous month.

Stockton’s jobless rate was 19.4 percent in June.

The jobless rate in June for Ripon was unchanged at 11.4 percent, in Lathrop it was still at 13.1 percent, in Escalon it was 14.9 percent, in Tracy remained at 10.2 percent, and in Lodi it was 12.3 percent.

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.