Trinity County’s unemployment rate fell in August to 4.5 percent which was down from 5 percent in both June and July, according to preliminary data released in late September by the Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department.

The total labor force also grew from 4,800 in July to 4,950 in August representing a loss of 50 workers from the 5,000 here in August 2018 when the unemployment rate was slightly higher at 4.6 percent.

The California unemployment rate last month was 4.2 percent and the national unemployment rate was at 3.8 percent. Both were down from July when the state was at 4.5 percent and the U.S. rate was 4.0 percent.

Trinity County ranked 33rd from the top among all 58 California counties in August. San Mateo County had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.1 percent and Imperial County had the highest at 22.1 percent.

Total jobs countywide in all industries grew by 140 from July to August and 10 jobs over the year. Sectors experiencing growth over the past year include non-farming, private services, goods production, mining/logging/construction, manufacturing, trade/transportation/utilities and local government.

Sectors experiencing no change from the year-over are farming, financial activities, educational/health services and state government.

There were year-over job losses in leisure/hospitality services and the federal government.

These data, as well as other labor market information, are available online at

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