San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate drops again
January 23, 2012
For the fifth straight month, the jobless rate in San Luis Obispo County continued to fall increasing optimism of a prolonged economic recovery.
The county unemployment rate fell from 10.5 percent in July to 8.8 percent in December, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
The rate is higher than the national average of 8.5 percent and below the state’s 11.1 percent rate, both which fell in December.
County special district government employee numbers grew by 50 percent from December 2010 to December 2011 with an increase of about 200 jobs. During the same period, farm jobs grew by 11 percent or 300 additional employees and the arts and entertainment industry added 300 more jobs increasing by 20 percent.