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Mantecas jobless rate inches up to 16.2%
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One hundred Manteca residents lost jobs in January to push the city’s unemployment rate to a new post World War II high of 16.2 percent.

There were 22,800 people living in Manteca who were employed in January according to the state Economic Development Department. That’s down from 23,100 the EDD reported in December. The increase of 100 in unemployment to 4,400 would have been worse if it hadn’t been for retirements or people withdrawing from actively seeking jobs.

The state’s monthly jobless rate remained above 12 percent as it has for the last 14 months but it did drop from 12.5 percent in January to 12.4 percent last month based on figures the EDD released on Friday. That reflects 12,500 new jobs. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate decreased in February to 8.9 percent.

San Joaquin County’s jobless rate went from 18.1 percent in December to 18.5 percent in January.

The only category to add jobs in San Joaquin County was farming with 100 additional positions taking it up to 11,200 jobs. The next best performing category was information that saw no change to remain at 2,100 jobs. Mining also had no change with 100 jobs still intact.

The biggest loser was trade, transportation and utilities with a loss of 1,300 jobs The 46,500 jobs in the category is the tops in the county followed in second by farming at 11,200. Manufacturing and professional businesses and services each shed 500 jobs followed with a 400 job loss in health and education services, leisure and hospitality. Government eliminated 300 positions.

San Joaquin County as a whole lost 2,500 jobs.

Stockton’s jobless rate during the same time shot up from 21.5 percent in December to 22.1 percent in January.

The jobless rate in January in Ripon was pegged at 13.1 percent up from 12.7 percent, in Lathrop at 15.1 percent up from 14.7 percent, in Escalon it was 17.1 percent up from 16.6 percent, in Tracy it was 11.8 percent up from 11.4 percent, and in Lodi it was 14.2 percent up from 13.8 percent.

It’s been 16 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. California’s jobless rate has been at or above 12 percent for 17 months.

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.

California added 12,500 nonfarm jobs in January, bringing the state’s total to nearly 14 million. Gains were seen in five of 11 sectors surveyed, including construction, manufacturing and government. Education and financial, health and business services reported job losses.

The survey of 42,000 California businesses shows a year-over-year increase of 102,100 jobs, up 0.7 percent.

Even with the slight drop in the unemployment rate, more than 2.2 million Californians remain out of work. The number of people without jobs is down 25,000 from the previous month, but up by 8,000 compared with January of last year.

The Employment Development Department says 603,946 people were collecting jobless benefits in January, compared to 717,070 in the same month a year ago. The number of new claims also is down.

There were 63,331 new claims filed in January, compared to 92,738 the same month last year.