SLO County unemployment drops amid job growth
May 21, 2012
San Luis Obispo County is ranked sixth 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 6.4 percent and Imperial County comes in on the bottom with an unemployment rate of 26.8 percent.
The SLO County unemployment rate fell from 8.9 percent in March to 7.9 percent in April. During the same time, the region gained about 1,300 jobs.
Significant increases were seen in the construction and hospitality sectors with both adding approximately 600 new positions.
The biggest decline was seen in manufacturing, which lost 300 jobs last month.
SLO County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 8.1 percent and the state’s 10.9 percent rate, both which fell in April.