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More out of work in county
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The latest figures from the Economic Development Department show the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County edged slightly higher in July, even though it's typically a time of the year when unemployment is lower because of increased jobs related to harvest seasons.

The unadjusted seasonal unemployment rate in July for Stanislaus County reached 17.6 percent up from a revised June rate of 17.2 percent. In Merced County the unemployment rate rose to 18.9 percent from 18.1 percent and in San Joaquin County the unemployment rate jumped to 17.4 percent from 16. 5 percent, according to the EDD.

An unemployment rate of 17.6 percent represents approximately 42,500 people out of work in the county.

Farm jobs had the greatest job losses for the month. The EDD reported there were 16,800 farm-related jobs in Stanislaus County for the month of June. The preliminary estimates for July show the number dropping to 13,800.

Other industries to show job losses in the county for the month were: Government (1,000); Information (100); and Educational and Health Services (100).

The manufacturing industry in Stanislaus County got a boost for the month with a preliminary estimate of 1,600 jobs added, accorded to the EDD.

Within Stanislaus County, 11 cities and unincorporated areas had unemployment rates of 20 percent of higher. Leading the pack was the Shackelford area of South Modesto west of Ceres, which had an unemployment rate of 47.6 percent.

The area with the lowest unemployment rate was East Oakdale at 7.6 percent. Turlock had an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent for the month of July.

The unemployment rate for the state remained unchanged in July at 12.3 percent, but is up half a percentage point from one year ago.

The EDD reported that the state saw a decrease in mass layoff events in the first quarter compared to last year. There were 528 mass layoffs between January to March that resulted in 93,773 workers losing their jobs for at least 31 days. During the same time in 2009, there were 846 mass layoffs and 126,762 people out of work as a result, according to the EDD's figures.

Construction, manufacturing, and retail were the industries to report the highest number of mass layoffs.

The unemployment rate in the United States remained at 9.5 percent for July, but the Labor Department fears an increase is coming. For the third week in a row the number of first-time jobless claims showed an increase. The first-time claims rose by 12,000 last week, bringing the total number of people applying for unemployment benefits to 500,000 - a high not seen since November, according to the Labor Department.