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Jobless rate climbs in area
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For the second month in a row the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in November, reaching back into double digits.

Stanislaus County's unemployment rate for November came in at 10.7 percent, up from a revised rate of 10 percent recorded in October, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.1 percent, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate in Ceres was at 13.5 percent in November, up from 12.5 percent in October. Hughson's rate rose from 13.1 percent to 14.1 percent in November. Keyes had an November unemployment rate of 19.3 percent, up from the 18 percent recorded in October. Turlock was at 8.1 percent, up from 7.5 percent in October. Denair had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, which is up from the 5.3 percent recorded in October.

With the end of harvest season, the county saw a loss of 1,900 total farm-related positions from October to November. Manufacturing (300) and Professional and Business Services (200) sectors also saw job losses.

Sectors showing job growth for the month in Stanislaus County were: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (1,500), Total Nonfarm (1,400) Government (300) and Mining, Logging and Construction (100).

The EDD recorded a labor force of 236,800 people in Stanislaus County with approximately 25,400 unemployed.

For the same period, California recorded an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent and 5.5 percent for the nation.

The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in November was 3.9 percent in Marin. Twelve other counties had rates below 6.0 percent in November: San Mateo (4.1 percent); San Francisco (4.4 percent); Orange (5.0 percent); Santa Clara (5.1 percent); Sonoma (5.1 percent); Napa (5.3 percent); San Luis Obispo (5.4 percent); Alameda (5.6 percent); Contra Costa (5.7 percent); Santa Barbara (5.7 percent); San Diego (5.8 percent); and Placer (5.9 percent). The highest unemployment rate in November was 22.6 percent in Imperial County.

In California there were 15,650,500 jobs in total nonfarm industries in November, a gain of 90,100 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 34,300-job gain in October and a 14,200-job loss in September.

The jobs and professions having the most help wanted ads in Stanislaus County for November were: Registered Nurses - 602; Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers -491; Retail Salespersons - 219; Customer Service Representatives - 184; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales - 151; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General - 135; Physical Therapists - 131; Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing - 125; Critical Care Nurses - 119; and Medical and Health Services Managers - 100.

The 10 companies that posted the most help wanted ads for October in Stanislaus County were: Tenet Healthcare Corporation - 222; TruStaff - 157; Kaiser Permanente - 120; Supplemental Health Care 96; CTG - Computer Task Group - 88; Sutter Health - 56; California State University System - 55; Alliance Worknet - 52; Modesto City Schools - 47; and Robert Half International - 46.