Unemployment Rate Remains Flat

Shasta County's unemployment rate didn't budge from September to October, remaining at 7.7 percent. That's a considerable improvement over last October's 9.7 percent figure.  The labor force, which has seen steady declines, actually increased by a Thousand people from September to October, adding to a boost of 600 from August. That fortunately coincided with an increase of available jobs, mostly in the agricultural, educational, and government sectors. Tehama County had an 8-percent jobless rate last month. It was 8.3 percent in Trinity County and 8.4 percent in Siskiyou County. Statewide the unemployment rate for October remained unchanged from September at 7.3 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased in October to 5.8 percent. The state reported about 393-Thousand people receiving unemployment benefits in October, down just slightly from the previous month.