Manteca’s jobless rate inched up in July.
The 13.2 percent jobless rate reported Friday by the state Economic Development Department means a net 48 people in Manteca lost their jobs putting the number of unemployed who are actively looking for work up to 3,700.
The number of people actually looking for work is unchanged from June. The fact the jobless rate climbed reflects more people are either entering the workforce or trying to find a job after being sidelined for whatever reason.
The jobless rate in June was 13 percent for the lowest point in 50 months. That was the lowest unemployment percentage in at least 25 years. It is however; lower than the 14.1 percent jobless rate in June of 2011. It translates into 1,800 more Manteca residents working today than a year ago.
Countywide, 15.1 percent of the population seeking jobs can’t find one.
Leading the job loss in July countywide was government with 2,600 jobs lost. That reflects primarily school support staff that is not paid year round. Education and health service lost 1,000 jobs and farming 9,000 jobs. The other category dropping in jobs was information with 100 jobs eliminated. The only net gain in employment was in the trade, transportation, and utilities sectors with a gain of 300 jobs to up the number of all workers to 50,500 reflecting a quarter of all jobs in San Joaquin County.
Unemployment in Ripon was at 10.6 percent in July. Other July jobless rates included 12.3 percent for Lathrop, 9.5 percent for Tracy, 11.5 percent for Lodi, and 18.2 percent for Stockton.
California’s unemployment remained unchanged at 10.7 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent in July.