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County’s jobless rate jumps in June
• 9% jobless in Ceres

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose during the month of June as the farming sector saw far fewer jobs added for the month, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate in June for Stanislaus County was at 7.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in May and below the year-ago estimate of 7.6 percent.

The labor force in Stanislaus County was at an estimated 243,200 in June with approximately 225,700 employed and 17,500 unemployed.

The farming sector had about 1,200 fewer jobs this month, according to the EDD’s report. The sector also is down by an estimated 300 positions when comparing the year-over numbers.

The government sector also had a significant decline in the month of June, with an estimated 800 fewer jobs. The majority of those jobs were at local school districts, which typically layoff some employees at the end of the school year.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost an estimated 200 positions for the month and Professional and Business Services dropped by about 100 positions, according to the EDD.

The Manufacturing sector was up for the month by an estimated 600 positions, but for the year it is down by approximately 800 positions. Of that number, the largest decline has come within food manufacturing.

Merced County had an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent in June, up from 7.8 percent in May. San Joaquin County had a June unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, which was an increase from the 5.3 percent recorded in May.

California had an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent for the month, while the country’s was at 4.2 percent for the same time period.

Ceres had an unemployment rate of 9 percent in June, up from the 7.6 percent in May. Hughson had a June rate of 6 percent, up from the 5 percent posted in May. Keyes saw a rise from 11.9 percent in May to 14 percent in June. Turlock’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in June, up from 4.4 percent in May. Denair’s rate was at 5.8 percent in June, up from 4.9 percent in May. 

The occupations with the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County for June were: Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers – 552; Registered Nurses – 323; Retail Salespersons – 133; Customer Service Representatives — 102; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers – 99; Maintenance and Repair Workers – 90; Security Guards – 86; First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers - 78; Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers – 76; and Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners - 63

The 10 companies that posted the most help wanted ads for June in Stanislaus County were: Tenet Healthcare Corporation – 213; Sutter Health –112; Turlock Unified School District – 106; Ceres Unified School District – 89; Modesto City Schools – 81; Nationwide Professional Resources, Inc. — 60; Kaiser Permanente – 58; E.&J. Gallo – 51; Stanislaus County Office of Education – 50; and Target Corporation – 49.