Trinity County’s unemployment rate went up to 4.8 percent in November from 4.3 percent in October and 3.7 percent in September, according to preliminary data released last week by the Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department.

At 4.8 percent, the rate is exactly the same as it was a year ago in November 2018. The California unemployment rate has been at 3.7 percent for the past two months which is down from 3.9 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate has held at 3.3 percent for the past three months which is down from 3.5 percent a year ago.

In October, Trinity County’s total labor force numbered 4,720 with 200 unemployed. In November, the work force numbered 4,630 workers with 220 unemployed, an increase of 10 percent.

Trinity County’s unemployment rate ranked 42nd from the top last month among California’s 58 counties. San Mateo County ranked No. 1 with an unemployment rate of 1.8 percent, and 58th was Imperial County with unemployment at 20.6 percent.

There were job increases over the past year in private services, non-farming, trade/transportation/utilities, and education/health services. There were job losses in local government.

There were no changes to job numbers over the past year in the following sectors: farming, goods producing, mining/logging/construction, manufacturing, financial activities, leisure/hospitality, federal and state government.

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

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