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Manteca jobless rate at highest since beginning of World War II
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Some 130 Manteca residents lost their jobs in December to push Manteca’s unemployment rate to the highest level since the start of World War II.

The job losses were primarily farm-related so therefore they are seasonal expectations.

Regardless, the city’s jobless rate is now at 15.8 percent, up from 15.3 in November, and 14.3 percent in October. The December unemployment figures reflect 4,300 Manteca residents out of work and 23,100 employed.

California’s unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percentage point in December, to 12.5 percent according to statistics released Friday by the state Economic Development Department.

That means the state’s monthly jobless rate remained above 12 percent for all of 2010. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate decreased in December to 9.4 percent.

The report said the number of Californians holding jobs dropped 25,000 from November. The number of jobless Californians rose to nearly 2.27 million, an increase of 3,000 from November.

A survey of California businesses shows the state added 4,900 nonfarm jobs last month, following a gain of 30,500 in November.

 San Joaquin County as a whole lost 800 jobs to push the unemployment rate up from 17.5 percent in November to 18 percent in December.

Stockton’s jobless rate during the same time shot up from 21 percent in November to 21.5 percent in December.

The jobless rate in December in Ripon was pegged at 12.7 percent up from 12.4 percent, in Lathrop at 14.7 percent up from 14.3 percent, in Escalon it was 16.6 percent up from 16.2 percent, in Tracy it was 11.4 percent up from 11.1 percent, and in Lodi it was 13.8 percent up from 13.4 percent.

San Joaquin County had a net loss of 800 jobs in December. The biggest net loss was in government with farming as each sector lost 500 jobs. Education lost 200 jobs, the county lost 100 jobs, and cities 100 jobs. Construction lost 200 jobs.

Health services, leisure and hospital, as well as transportation and utilities all added 100 jobs.

It’s been 15 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.