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Unemployment continues to fall in Stanislaus

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The unemployment rate continued to drop in Stanislaus County, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in September, down from a revised rate of 8 percent in August. The rate is below the year-ago estimate of 10.3 percent.

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New jobless numbers are out, and here’s what’s ahead for Stanislaus County residents

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Unemployment numbers in Stanislaus County dropped to 8.3% in November, marking another month of decrease since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

But due to the nature of month-by-month unemployment data, economist Jeff Michael, the director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, warns that what looks like steady recovery may in reality be masking a “stall.”

“Usually unemployment starts to pick back up in the Modesto area for seasonal factors, as the (agriculture) sector starts winding down for the year,” Michael said. “This year, the unemployment rate has declined because we’ve seen people withdraw from the labor force in November at a faster rate than (there has been) employment, and so the unemployment rate is a very deceptive indicator at the moment.”

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Unemployment rate in Stanislaus County sees improvements

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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County recorded a modest decline in October, however, all but two sectors remain far below the employment levels from last year, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an October unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, down from a revised rate of 10.1 percent  percent in September. The rate is above the year-ago estimate of 5.1 percent.

Most sectors in Stanislaus County were able to add jobs in October, except for a few. Manufacturing recorded the largest loss for the month, with an estimated decline of 1,300 jobs, according to the EDD. The losses were largely from food manufacturing positions, which typically decline as the year comes to a close and harvesting ends.

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