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Manteca jobless rate unchanged for third month
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Manteca’s jobless rate was unchanged at 16.1 percent for the third straight month in March.

Even so, the post Great Depression record high 16.1 percent unemployment rate is higher than it was a year ago when the jobless number was at 14.4 percent.

Countywide, the unemployment rate inched up from 18.3 percent in February to 18.4 percent in March according to California Employment Development Department statistics.

Even with the increase in unemployment which reflects people who live here but may be employed in other counties who lost their jobs, there were 2,200 net jobs created in San Joaquin County last month. That included 1,300 farm jobs and 900 non-farm jobs.

The biggest gains were in state government, manufacturing as well as leisure and hospital that each saw 200 new jobs generated. There were also 100 jobs created in each of the following sectors: education and health services, professional and business services, as well as other services.

For the first time in well over a year there were no net losses of jobs in any of the employment categories the EDD tracks in San Joaquin County.

Construction as well as transportation and trades each lost 300 jobs.

Manteca has created about 80 retail and hospitality jobs so far this month with the pending opening of the Hampton Inn Suites and JoAnn’s Fabrics.

Unemployment in March in Ripon was pegged at 13 percent, in Lathrop at 15 percent, in Escalon at 17 percent, in Tracy at 11.7 percent, in Lodi at 14.1 percent, and in Stockton at 22 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.