SLO County unemployment falls to 7 percent
April 1, 2013
With 7 percent unemployment, San Luis Obispo County is now ranked fourth out of 58 California counties for lower numbers of unemployed workers, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
In California, Marin County is ranked number one with an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent and Colusa County comes in on the bottom with an unemployment rate of 25.9 percent.
The SLO County unemployment rate fell from 7.5 percent in January to 7 percent in February.
During the past year, significant increases were seen in the professional and business services sector with an additional 2,100 positions. In the hospitality industry, 900 more jobs were gained at bars and restaurants.
The biggest decline was seen in state government non-education positions, which lost 400 jobs over the past 12 months.
SLO County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 8.1 percent and the state’s 9.7 percent rate.