Trinity County’s unemployment rate rose in June to 4.9 percent, up from 4.6 percent in May, but still below last year’s rate of 5.4 percent in the same period, according to preliminary date issued last week by the Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Division.

The state and national unemployment rates saw similar month-over increases, but remain at lower levels than a year ago. The California unemployment rate in June was 4.1 percent, up from 3.5 percent in May, but below the 4.4 percent rate it was a year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 3.8 percent, up from 3.4 percent the month before, but lower than a year ago when the June 2018 rate was 4.2 percent.

Trinity County’s unemployment rate last month ranked 36th from the top among all 58 California counties. San Mateo ranked 1st with unemployment at 2.2 percent; Imperial County was 58th at 18.6 percent.

Trinity County’s total labor force numbered 4,800 workers in June with 240 unemployed. In May, there were 4,650 workers and 220 unemployed. A year ago, the work force numbered 4,940 in June with 270 unemployed.

Job growth occurred in Trinity County over the past year in private services, goods production, mining/logging/construction, trade/transportation/utilities and educational/health services. Losses occurred in manufacturing, total non-farming and government with the federal government taking the largest hit, losing 30 jobs. There were no changes in job numbers over the past year in total farming, residual private services, financial activities, leisure/hospitality and state/local government.

These data, as well as other labor market data, are available online at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov.

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