Stanislaus County unemployment rate drops slightly

While Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate lingers in the double digits, there was a glimmer of hope in data released Friday. The county’s unemployment rate broke its three-month long trend and actually went down to 10.6 percent in August.

The county’s unemployment rate was 11.3 percent in July, according to state Employment Development Department data.

Stanislaus County isn’t alone. Other San Joaquin Valley counties saw some relief, too.

- San Joaquin County dropped from 10.6 to 10.2 percent.

- Merced County dropped from 12.1 to 11.2 percent.

- Mariposa County dropped slightly from 6.5 dropped to 6.4 percent.

Two counties couldn’t buck the trend.

- Tuolumne County stayed at 7.8 percent.

- Calaveras County rose from 8.6 to 8.9 percent.

Calaveras’s growth in unemployment is closest to the statewide trend. California’s unemployment rate jumped from 7.4 percent in July to 7.7 percent in August, which is the newest available data.