Trinity County’s unemployment rate ticked slightly upward from August to September, though it still remains among the lowest statewide at 6.7 percent, according to data issued last week by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department.

The rate in August was 6.5 percent, which was down from 8.7 percent in July, but trending higher than last year when the county’s unemployment rate in September was 3.9 percent.

Trinity County’s total labor force numbered 4,340 last month with 290 unemployed, compared to August when the total was 4,490 with 290 unemployed. A year ago, the labor force numbered 4,760 with 190 unemployed.

California’s unemployment rate in September was 10.8 percent compared to 11.3 percent in August and 3.6 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in September compared to 8.5 percent in August and 3.3 percent a year ago.

Trinity County ranked 4th last month statewide from the lowest unemployment rate, tied with Sierra County. Lassen County had the lowest rate at 6.3 percent and Marin County was second at 6.5 percent. Among Trinity County’s neighboring counties, Shasta was 20th at 7.8 percent; Siskiyou was 28th at 8.5 percent and Humboldt was 18th at 7.6 percent. The county with the highest unemployment rate in September was Imperial at 21.5 percent, followed closely by Los Angeles County at 15.1 percent.

Job losses occurred in Trinity County between August and September in most industry sectors and none saw gains. Those with losses were total farming, total private services, trade/transportation/utilities, financial activities, leisure/hospitality and government. There were no changes for the month in goods producing, mining/logging/construction, manufacturing and educational/health services.

The county saw job losses over the past year in every sector except farming and educational/health services. The biggest losses occurred in mining/logging/construction, financial activities, leisure/hospitality and federal government.

These data as well as other labor market information are available online at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov or by calling 916-262-2162.

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