State jobless rate drops to 4.4 percent

Nov 19, 2017, 00:56

Tulare County's October unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, down from 9.5 percent in September and below 10.5 percent a year ago. The labor force grew by 12,000 to almost 5.18 million, but the number of L.A. County residents working grew even faster, by 18,000 to 4.93 million, according to figures from the California Employment Development Department.

South Carolina's jobless rate was unchanged from September to October, holding steady at 3.9 percent, the state Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday.

The county ranked the 12th lowest in the state for unemployment rates with San Mateo County ranked first with a 2.5 percent rate and Imperial County ranked 58th with a 21 percent rate, according to Weaver's data.

Charleston County had the state's lowest rate at 3.1 percent.

Even with the recent gains, California's unemployment rate remains higher than the nation's, which dropped a fraction of a point to 4.1 percent last month. September job growth was revised up to show a smaller decline, -7,900 jobs than initially reported, -10,800 jobs. Nonfarm employment grew 11,000 jobs to a total of 1.6 million in October. The region lost 83,100 jobs year-over-year in September 2009.

Sectors that added jobs in October include leisure and hospitality, education, health, government and the construction industry. "It's just that not all these jobs are showing up on company payrolls".