Lake County News, California – Lake County unemployment rate in November is lowest since pandemic began


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LAKE COUNTY, Calif .– Lake County’s unemployment rate improved in November, giving the county its lowest unemployment rate since before the pandemic began.

The new report from the Department of Employment Development says Lake County recorded an unemployment rate of 5.8%, the lowest since February 2020, when it was also 5.8%.

Lake County’s rate in October was 6.2% and 7.4% in November 2020.

California’s overall unemployment rate fell from 7.3% in October to 6.9% in November. The state’s unemployment rate in November 2020 was 8.7%.

Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said unemployment fell to 4.2% in November, from 4.6% in October and 6.7% in November 2020.

Lake County’s labor force in November was 28,340, of which 1,650 were unemployed.

Its 5.8% unemployment rate ranked it No. 43 statewide.

The lowest unemployment rate was in Marin, at 2.9%, while the highest was in Imperial, at 15.5%.

Unemployment rates and ranks for neighboring Lake County were: Colusa, 10.3%, # 57; Glenn, 5.1%, # 29; Mendocino, 4.7%, # 25; Napa, 4.2%, # 14; Sonoma, 3.7%, # 7; and Yolo, 4.3%, No. 16.

The state’s jobless claims dashboard showed that residents of Lake County filed 474 jobless claims in November, up from 718 in October; It should be noted that there were five weeks reported for October, compared to four in November.

Employment situation improves across California

The number of Californians employed in November was 17,719,400, an increase of 79,900 people from the total of 17,639,500 in October and 735,500 from the total employment in November of last year, according to the report.

The Employment Development Department said the number of unemployed Californians was 1,321,300 in November, down 61,900 for the month and 299,400 from November last year.

The report says California employers added 45,700 non-farm jobs to the economy, representing 22% of the 210,000 jobs gained in the country for the month of November.

The state has now recovered 1,889,000, or nearly 70%, of the 2,714,800 jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salaried jobs in California totaled 16,385,100 in November 2021, up 45,700 from October 2021 and 821,800 from October last year, according to the report.

The report says that since February 2021, California has created a total of 977,200 non-farm jobs, averaging a gain of 97,720 jobs per month for that period.

In November, eight of California’s 11 industrial sectors created jobs led by professional and business services (+18,800) due to large gains in professional, scientific and technical services thanks, in part, to the increase scientific research and development services and computer systems. design and related services.

Education and health services (+9,500) also posted good month-over-month job gains on the strength of outpatient health care services and education services, according to the report.

A notable improvement was reported in the agricultural sector.

The report says the number of jobs in the agriculture industry increased by 17,000 between October 2021 and 433,500 in November. The agriculture industry has 19,800 more farm jobs in November 2021 than in November a year ago.

The employment development department said the large loss in construction (-1,700) was largely due to reductions in trade contractors.

In related data that the Department of Employment Development reported on the state’s unemployment rate, there were 434,676 people certifying UI benefits during the sample week of November 2021. This compares to 463,257 people in October and 1,278,220 people in November 2020.

At the same time, the agency said that 52,716 initial requests were processed in the sample week of November 2021, a decrease of 7,163 requests over one month from October and a decrease over one year of 116,272 requests per month. report to November 2020.

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