Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate edged up to 13.6 percent in March, which was 0.3 percent more than the previous month. That’s still better than a year ago, however, when 14.3 percent of willing workers couldn’t find a job.
The Employment Development Department estimated 32,300 Stanislaus adults were unable to find work last month.
Stanislaus long has considered itself an agricultural community, but farm and food-related jobs have dwindled since last year. Farm employment declined by 600 jobs and food manufacturing lost another 600 jobs.
But transportation and warehousing employers – such as Amazon – added 700 jobs and retail trade jobs increased by 500 in Stanislaus County during the past year. So that helped compensate for losses in other sectors.
California’s unemployment rate last month was 8.4 percent. The national unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.
March’s unemployment rate was 16.3 percent in Merced County, 13.1 percent in San Joaquin County and 9.8 percent in Tuolumne County.