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State adds 400 jobs as SJ county employment stays stagnant
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Schools throughout San Joaquin County added 1,000 jobs in September making it the bright spot in an otherwise stagnate month for job growth.

Those, however, were due to kids returning to the classroom in the form of support staff being rehired.

In terms of new jobs, state government led the way creating 400 new jobs for people in San Joaquin County.

Manteca’s unemployment rate was unchanged compared to August as it stayed at 14.5 percent. San Joaquin County overall remained at 16.6 percent in September.

That trend was reflected in various San Joaquin County cities except Tracy and Lodi that experienced slight increases in the jobless rate based on the latest unemployment statistics released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

Education and health services - thanks to education basically hiring back support staff such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and teacher aides that were without work during summer vacation - was one of three bright spots countywide. The category, overall, had a net gain of 600 jobs after health-related job losses were taken into account.

The State of California hired 400 more people in San Joaquin County. That made the net government job gain 300 jobs after layoffs at other levels of government were taken into account. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 300 jobs in September.

The biggest gain, though, was farming with 1,000 jobs.

The big losers were manufacturing with a loss of 400 jobs, leisure and hospitality down 200 jobs, and financial activities and construction down 100 jobs apiece.

There unchanged jobless rate means there are still 4,100 employable people looking for work in Manteca.

After 260 more people found work in August for the biggest drop Manteca’s employment rate in nearly two years, there was no net gain of people with jobs in September.

The jobless rate in August dropped down to 14.5 percent from a post-World War II high in of 15.2 percent in July. It was the lowest rate since April when 14.1 percent of the Manteca workforce was without jobs.