Unemployment plummets, job growth in tourism and mining

May 21, 2017

San Luis Obispo County is ranked sixth out of 58 California counties for lower numbers of unemployed workers, according to a report released last week by the California Employment Development Department.

The SLO County unemployment rate fell from 3.8 percent in March to 3.3 percent in April. In the past 12 months, the region gained about 2,300 jobs.

Significant increases were seen in the hospitality industry which added approximately 800 new positions and the mining and construction sectors which added 600 new positions. The biggest decline was seen in professional and business services, which lost 600 jobs in the past 12 months.

SLO County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 4.1 percent and the state’s 4.5 percent rate, both which fell in April.

In California, San Mateo County is ranked number one with an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent and Imperial County comes in on the bottom with an unemployment rate of 19.2 percent.


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SLO_Children_at_play

Pretty much the majority of “head of household” jobs in SLO County are Diablo Canyon, Cal Poly, and any given Government job. So when Diablo Canyon finally goes away, who’s going to be left to pay the high taxes and ridiculous tuition rates to

hat will continue to pay for the other 2/3rds of our County’s high paying jobs?


How much more tax money can you squeeze from motel maids and construction workers?


Hopefully the madness will finally end when the People’s Republic of San Luis Obispo (city and county) finally has to declare bankruptcy like Stockton did. Maybe then we can fire and rehire Katie Litchtig at minimum wage, and re-negotiate all those stupid bloated union pension deals.


But probably not. We’ll just charge the motel maids and extra 3 bucks a gallon in gas tax, and tack another $500 onto the construction workers’ property taxes when they dare to attempt to afford to buy something they actually built. Wouldn’t want to force “humble” public servant Katie Litchtig to sacrifice her fancy Topanga Canyon home, or “humble” community servant Adam Hill give up his home at SLO Country Club.


Maybe when Trump drains the Social Security “Disability” swamp, more people will actually start looking for jobs. I know a lot of local drug dealers that will be financially hurt by any cut in SSI benefits.


kayaknut

It’s easy to make your unemployment numbers drop when you stop counting those who are still unemployed and are no longer looking.


r0y

Good point, state governments only use the “who is collecting unemployment” as their only data source. While that is a good source for budgeting, it essentially is useless to anyone who needs the relevant data of those actually unemployed.


The Federal gubmint (Labor Dept.) mixes in two different statistical surveys: one in which they call workers directly (I’ve never known or heard of anyone who’s been called, however) and the other in which they collect information from employers on employment, hours and earnings. That sample includes about 160,000 businesses and government agencies at 400,000 separate workplaces throughout the fruited plain. I never thought they should include publicly-funded employees, as that really isn’t helpful to the economy (quite the opposite, in fact), but for an overall number, it helps round it out.


Jorge Estrada

Wow!!!! Now everyone can go out and buy a new house, any house?


rukidding

You have to love all of these high paying jobs that they are all talking about?

This certainly will address the affordable housing crisis that we have. More affordable units, ha ha, more density. and more problems. Now I’m beginning to understand a little better when our politicians say “unintended consequences.” I think that means that we will all be paying for it in the future.


SLO_Children_at_play

Huh? Since when do any of our politicians say anything about “unintended consequences?”


Density? The People’s Republic of SLO loves density. So much so that they are tearing out all of their parking lots and historical buildings downtown, and replacing them with 3, 4, and 5 story concrete monstrosities.


Housing shortages are manufactured in SLO County, and disguised as “slow growth.” The L.A. people move here to escape L.A. and the O.C. Of course they bring with them big ugly buildings and smog, but are sure to leave behind affordable housing; which would just attract the black and brown people. As long as we have white college students as slave labor, no need for affordable housing.