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Local unemployment rates dip for second straight month

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Unemployment rates in Stanislaus and Merced counties dropped in the month of August, according to preliminary data provided by the State of California’s Employment Development Department. It marks the second straight month — and the only two months of the year — in which the rates for each county fell.

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Local unemployment rates rebound in April

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After three consecutive months of rising unemployment rates in Stanislaus and Merced counties, the statistics provided by the State of California’s Employment Development Department finally started to improve during the month of April.

Last month, Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2% from a 7% rate in March. Similarly, the unemployment rate in Merced County fell from 11.3% to 9.7% in the month’s span. This comes as the state unemployment rate for April was reported as 4.3% and the nationwide rate came in at 3.1%, both 5% lower than in March.

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Oak Valley Community Bank Hires Schulze as Commercial Banking Officer

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Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp, hired Michael Schulze as a vice president and commercial banking officer based in Turlock, CA.

Schulze joined Oak Valley with more than 20 years of banking experience, including the past 17 as a business banking relationship manager in the Turlock, CA, area. 

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$25-an-hour tech internships? Here’s how you can get paid to train in Modesto

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Want free training for a new career in tech, followed by an internship that pays $25 an hour?

Stanislaus County Workforce Development is using a $5 million grant from the state of California to create a new tech training and paid internship program through Bay Valley Tech, a local coding academy.

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More jobs announced as Turlock’s new Amazon fulfillment center opens. How much do they pay?

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The new Amazon fulfillment center in Turlock opened Thursday morning with big smiles and news of more jobs.

The massive 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse was built from the ground up at Fulkerth Road and Fransil Lane over the last year and a half.

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Fire department in Stanislaus County goes on hiring spree to fill vacant positions

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Turlock has hired seven firefighters to fill Fire Department vacancies.

The new recruits began a 14-week academy training Tuesday, Sept. 27, and are expected to start working shifts in January, said Capt. Jason Bernard, department spokesman.

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Amazon begins hiring the 1,000 jobs needed to open new Turlock facility. How to apply

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Turlock’s new Amazon fulfillment center is another step closer to opening as the online retailing giant holds an in-person hiring event this week.

Job seekers are invited to apply for a variety of hourly positions with the e-commerce company Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the new warehouse site at 3200 Fulkerth Road in Turlock.

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California invests more than $230 million in apprenticeship projects

in Employment

The California government has invested more than $231 million to “advance and expand apprenticeship” via the 2022-2023 state budget, according to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai said the apprenticeship is fundamental to addressing California’s workforce development needs. “With this new intentional funding and our roadmap for expansion, the State is creating equitable onramps to careers and opportunities for upward mobility for Californians,” Palugyai said in a media release.

Five-Point Action Plan

Following the investment, the DIR, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency have released an “Advancing Apprenticeship in California: A Five-Point Action Plan” with the aim to increase the state’s number of apprentices to half a million by 2029.

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The California cities where wages are growing fastest

in Employment

nless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed the cost of living – including gas, food, rent and everything else – has gone way up. There is a sliver of hope for residents of certain California cities, where wages are also going up.

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the country’s 75 largest metro areas to determine where wages are going up and where they’re going down.

Did earnings go up in California’s biggest cities? MoneyGeek found mixed results.

Of the large metro areas, Fresno saw the biggest jump in wages in 2022. In Fresno, hourly wages went up nearly 8%, according to MoneyGeek data shared with Nexstar. Despite that jump, Fresno residents still earn less than residents of most major California cities on average.

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New Foster Farms CEO talks about staffing, products and more as family ownership ends

in business/Employment

The new ownership at Foster Farms plans to retain its 12,000-strong workforce and the company’s mix of poultry products, Chief Executive Officer Donnie Smith said.

“There’s no reason for anybody at Foster Farms to be concerned about whether or not they’re going to have a job,” he said on a Zoom call Tuesday with The Modesto Bee. “Our intent is to grow the business.”

Smith spoke two weeks after Atlas Holdings, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, purchased Foster Farms from the family that founded it in 1939. The price was not disclosed. The operation includes turkey processing in Turlock and chicken plants in Livingston, Fresno, Porterville, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana and Alabama.

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