Oceano’s jobless rate highest in San Luis Obispo County
November 4, 2010
Several south San Luis Obispo County communities have the area’s highest unemployment rates, according to figures released by the state’s Employment Development Department.
Oceano leads the county with an 18.4 percent jobless rate for September. Trailing is Nipomo at 13.2 percent, Paso Robles at 11.9 percent and San Luis Obispo city at 11 percent.
The community of Shandon recorded the county’s lowest unemployment rate in September at 4.9 percent. Cayucos was close behind at 5.9 percent, then Cambria at 7.1 percent and Templeton at 7.2 percent.
Overall, San Luis Obispo County’s employment numbers increased from August to September with a gain of 1,700 more jobs, according to the report.
In September 2010, San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate was 10 percent, down from 10.3 percent in August 2010. The rate is higher than the national average of 9.2 percent and below the state’s 12.2 percent rate.
State and local government grew adding 1,200 San Luis Obispo County jobs, of those 200 were state employees.
As for lost county jobs, both the entertainment and real estate industries saw a decline in employment from September to October.