No longer ranking the lowest unemployment rate statewide, Trinity County tied with Modoc County for second place in August even though the rate dropped from 8.7 percent in July down to 6.8 percent, according to data released last week by the Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department.

Lassen County had the lowest unemployment rate statewide in August at 6.7 percent and Imperial County had the highest at 22.9 percent, followed by Los Angeles County with 16.6 percent.

Trinity County’s total labor force numbered 4,200 last month with 310 unemployed compared to 4,070 in July with 390 unemployed; 4,110 in June with 440 unemployed (9.6 percent) and 4,700 in August 2019 when 220 were unemployed and the unemployment rate was just 4.4 percent.

Statewide, the August unemployment rate was 11.6 percent which was a decrease from 13.9 percent in July and 15.1 percent in June, but higher than a year ago when it was 4.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for August was 8.5 percent, down from 10.5 percent in July and 11.2 percent in June, but an increase over 3.8 percent in August 2019.

Industry sectors that saw job growth over the past month include total non-farming, private services, trade/transportation/utilities, and federal, state and local government. Sectors experiencing losses were leisure/hospitality and residual private services provided. Those with no change over the prior month were goods producing, mining/logging/construction, manufacturing, financial services, education and health services.

Nearly every sector saw job losses from a year ago except for total farming and financial activities that saw no change and education/health services that grew by 10 jobs.

These data, as well as other labor market data, are available online at, or by calling 916-262-2162.

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