Unemployment on the rise in San Luis Obispo County
August 22, 2010
San Luis Obispo County lost an additional 600 jobs from June to July increasing the number of unemployed to 14,400, according to a report released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
Last month, state and local government employees lost approximately 3,000 jobs in San Luis Obispo County. Of that, 900 were state education positions and 2,000 were reductions in local city and county government jobs.
Farming grew adding 200 jobs locally. Employment increases also took place in the real estate and durable goods producing industries.
In July 2010, San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent, up from 10 percent in June 2010. The rate is higher than the national average of 9.7 percent and below the state’s 12.8 percent rate.
Compared with June 2009, during the alleged height of the recession, the county is down 1,900 jobs.