Trinity County’s unemployment rate rose in October to 4.4 percent, up from 3.7 percent in September, but slightly lower than it was a year ago when the October rate was 4.6 percent, according to preliminary data released last week by the Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department.

The county’s labor force totaled 4,730 workers last month which was down from 4,770 in September and in October 2018. The California unemployment rate rose last month to 3.7 percent, up from 3.5 percent the prior month and down from 4.0 percent a year ago. There was no change in the national unemployment rate last month that remained at 3.3 percent which is down from 3.5 percent a year ago.

Trinity County’s unemployment rate ranked 39th from the top last month — San Mateo County ranked first with a rate of 1.8 percent and Imperial County was 58th with a rate of 21. 2 percent.

A total of 40 job losses from September to October amounted to a 1.3 percent drop, but there was a 0.7 percent gain of 20 jobs over the past year in Trinity County. Sectors experiencing growth are non-farming, private services, trade/transportation/utilities and local government.

Losses occurred in mining/logging/construction, leisure/hospitality and federal government. There were no changes over the year in the farming, manufacturing, goods producing, financial activities, educational/health services and state government sectors.

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

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