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Unemployment rate steady in county

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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County increased by the slightest margin in July according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in July, up from a revised rate of 6.5 percent in June, the EDD reported. The July rate was below the year-ago estimate of 6.9 percent.

Five sectors in the county had neither job gains or losses, including the Farming sector. Four sectors posted job gains in July, with Manufacturing leading with an estimated 1,800 new jobs. Of those, 18.9 percent were in food processing, which typically sees gains as the harvest comes in and declines once the harvest is over.

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