Kern County unemployment rate declines in October

Henrietta Brewer
November 18, 2017

October's monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. The labor force grew by 12,000 to almost 5.18 million, but the number of L.A. County residents working grew even faster, by 18,000 to 4.93 million, according to figures from the California Employment Development Department.

The latest data gathered for unemployment percentage in October shows Sooner State employers are getting close to matching that number again, commission officials said Friday. Also, he said the low jobless rate could actually be affecting job growth.

About 500 jobs were added from September, which had an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, according to Weaver. "This is money that businesses can and have used to reinvest in SC workers", she said.

Sectors that added jobs in October include leisure and hospitality, education, health, government and the construction industry.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.9 percent in October, down from 5.1 percent in September and down from 5.3 percent in October 2016.

Over the past five months, the state's unemployment rate has remained in the 3.9 to 4 percent range, which are levels not seen in almost 17 years.

Meanwhile, a continued surge in seasonal hiring of education workers led the way in the county's overall payroll job growth of 35,000 to reach 4.49 million.

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