SLO County jobless rate lowest since 2008

June 24, 2014

unemploymentWith 5 percent unemployment, San Luis Obispo County is now tied for sixth out of 58 California counties for lower numbers of unemployed workers, according to a report by the California Employment Development Department.

In California, Marin County is ranked number one with an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent and Imperial County comes in on the bottom with an unemployment rate of 21.1 percent. Countywide, Oceano has the highest unemployment at 9.6 percent and Shandon the lowest at 2.5 percent.

During the past year, significant increases were seen in the professional health and business services sector with an additional 800 positions.

The biggest decline was seen in retail positions, which lost 400 jobs over the past 12 months.

SLO County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 6.1 percent and the state’s 7.1 percent rate.


14 Comments

  1. r0y says:

    Obviously the HOMELESS (and jobless?) are NOT counted in the stats…

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    • OnTheOtherHand says:

      Not to mention the under-employed (including some homeless) who are working for lower wages than they made 10 years ago because that is the only work they can get.

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    They…….are just getting us caught up on the latest government propaganda prior to November. The truth is this economy still sucks and will never improve until we have a change in leadership. PERIOD.

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    • OnTheOtherHand says:

      You are right about the economy but our choice for leadership is between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Even if we could elect a viable candidate for President that was both competent and honest, he/she would be hamstrung by a congress run by corrupted senators and representatives whose loyalties lie first with their biggest campaign contributors and second with the corrupt parties with which they are associated.

      I think the last basically honest president we had was Jimmy Carter. I have long wondered how much of his failed term in office was due to his own poor judgment and how much was due to being undermined by a congress which — even then — was “owned” by special interests that saw Carter’s vision as in conflict with its own.

      We allow the media to put a disproportionate amount of blame on Presidents and get away with it. Even the economic collapse that spanned from the end of GW Bush’s term to the present under Obama had its roots back 30+ years and its biggest single cause during the last part of the Clinton era. This doesn’t absolve either one from their contributions to the problem (Bush) or failure to make real corrections to the system afterward (Obama) but the crash itself was almost a guarantee once Bill Clinton signed off on the GOP legislation that gave banks permission to indulge in high-stakes gambling.

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      • Rambunctious says:

        In the last election we had a choice between two very different candidates. One was president for four years and showed no or very little ability to turn our economy around. The other was a business man that is an expert in turning bad into good regarding economic issues. We chose the other guy. Don’t blame the politicians for our blunders. We get the government we deserve when we make stupid decisions in the ballot box.

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      • Slowerfaster says:

        “You are right about the economy but our choice for leadership is between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Even if we could elect a viable candidate for President that was both competent and honest, he/she would be hamstrung by a congress run by corrupted senators and representatives whose loyalties lie first with their biggest campaign contributors and second with the corrupt parties with which they are associated. ”

        True, but only to an extent. the parties and individuals in those parties are not equally culpable for the dysfunction and lack of inertia in Congress.
        It is Republicans and the Republican party that are the obstructionists and do-nothings. They created the mess were in, and have no intention of doing anything to rectify it. They’re worthless martyrs that prattle on about Obama, liberals, or a myriad of other right-wing tropes to express their insane frustration that distracts from their intentional incompetency.

        These are the ones that a smart society would flush down the toilet. If we don’t, we’re condemning ourselves to a continual slow decay; AND we end up with regressive, recidivist Supreme Court justices that would make Torquemada blush.

        But…Americans are too stupid to do anything about it. They’ll vote against their own interests every time.

        ONWARD & DOWNWARD !

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        • Rambunctious says:

          It might be a good idea for us all to take a look at all of the bills passed by congress directed towards improving the economy and the jobless rate. All of those bills died on the desk of one man. Senator Reid has refused to bring any of them up for a vote. That is where the stalemate is. Blaming the US congress for everything and turning a blind eye to the Senate and the Oval office is not going to help. We can say the same thing about our Governor, he has the States economy stuck in the mud as well. Whom should we blame for that? Speaker Boehner?

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          • Rambunctious says:

            Sooner or later we’re going to have to come to the realization that although apparently well intentioned; the Ideas coming from the people in power are not getting the job done. The US economy has regressed 2.9% this last quarter. If that continues we will be in a world of hurt. Especially with the expected rise in oil prices due to the problems in Iraq. I think I’ve had enough. It’s time for a change.

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          • Slowerfaster says:

            “It might be a good idea for us all to take a look at all of the bills passed by congress directed towards improving the economy and the jobless rate.”

            What bills are you referring to ?
            The DEADBEAT Republicans offered NO jobs bills. NONE.
            Just over 50 ‘repeal Obamacare’ more do-nothing, go nowhere nonsense.

            Republicans are the problem.

            Republicans are the problem, and Republicans are the ENEMY !

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  3. isoslo says:

    For fun go to dept of labor and look at how they compute the unemployment rate. You will quickly find that it is a billsheet number based upon how people answer various questions.

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  4. SuperDave says:

    Pure smoke and mirrors! When you don’t count those that have given up looking for work, you get an artificially low unemployment number. Outlets that trumpet these lower numbers are just useful idiots.

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  5. Jorge Estrada says:

    That sounds nice but which is the most affordable, ratio between income and housing cost, county to live in and where does SLO County stand in that ranking? An extreme example of affordable would be, full employment at $50/hr with home prices that start at $200k.

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