Trinity County’s unemployment rate rose in March to 8.1 percent, up from 7.8 percent in February and 8 percent in March last year, according to preliminary data released by the Employment Development Department Labor Market Information Division.

California’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in March and the U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. Trinity County ranked 43rd from the top among all 58 California counties in March. San Mateo County ranked number one with unemployment at just 2.4 percent and Colusa County was 58th with unemployment at 20.6 percent.

Trinity County’s total labor force numbered 4,660 in March which was up slightly from 4,650 in February, 4,590 in January and 4,520 in March of 2018. The total unemployed was 380 in March, 360 in February, 350 in January and 360 a year ago in March.

Industry employment grew or saw no change over the past year in most sectors. The only sector that decreased in job numbers was the federal government that contracted by 10 positions. There was no change in state government jobs and local government jobs increased by a total of 50 since March of last year.

Four sectors saw no change: farming, manufacturing, trade/transportation/utilities and financial activities.

Growth occurred in non-farming, private services, goods production, mining/logging/construction, educational/health services and leisure/hospitality services.

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

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