Job Numbers Down From Last Year

Shasta County’s unemployment rate is quite a bit worse than it was the same time last year. The September rate was 5.2%, which is 1.3% above last September. It’s unchanged from the rate in August. The labor force has also dropped significantly, from 73,400 in September of last year to 72,000 this year. That means the actual number of unemployed people looking for a job is up nearly 28%. The losses were driven mostly by the local government educational services sector. Tehama County had a 5.7% jobless rate last month. For Trinity County it was 5.2% and it was 5.4% in Siskiyou County. It was 4.9% for California and 3.6% nationally.