Trinity County’s unemployment rate ticked slightly upward from 5 percent in June to 5.1 percent in July, trending along with both the state and national unemployment rates, according to preliminary data released last week by the Employment Development Department Labor Market Information Division. The county’s unemployment rate in July a year ago was at 5 percent.

California’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in June and 4.4 percent in July; the national rate was 3.8 percent in June and 4 percent in July. A year ago, California’s unemployment was at 4.5 percent in July and the national rate was 4.1 percent.

Trinity County’s total labor force shrank in July to 4,790 workers, down from 4,810 in June and 4,920 in July 2018. Total unemployed last month numbered 240.

Among all 58 California counties, Trinity County’s unemployment rate ranked 35th from the top in July. San Mateo County ranked first with the lowest unemployment rate of 2.3 percent. Imperial County was at the bottom with unemployment at 20.7 percent.

Industry sectors that added jobs over the past year in Trinity County include goods production, mining/logging/construction, manufacturing, trade/transportation/utilities, educational/health services, state and local government.

Sectors that saw no change from last year include total farming, private services and financial activities. Sectors that experienced job losses include total non-farming, leisure/hospitality and federal government.

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

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