San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate continues to decline

September 19, 2020


The California Employment Development Department on Friday announced San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate in August fell to 7.8 percent. That is still far above pre-coronavirus levels, but a sign the county’s economy is improving.

In August, the county added 500 jobs.

SLO County’s unemployment rate went from 10 percent in July to 7.8 percent in August. In August 2019, the jobless rate was 3 percent.

The largest number of people were hired in government with 700 in local government and 300 in federal government — likely spurred by the census. In addition, in July the number of people working in the hospitality industry increased by 200.

However, 1,200 people employed in state education lost their jobs last month.

San Luis Obispo County is ranked thirteenth out of 58 California counties for lower numbers of unemployed workers. SLO County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 8.5 percent and the state’s 11.6 percent rate.

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I’m going to try to put a positive spin on this. I am not a fan of government jobs but I recognize that some are important. I know, I know, that doesn’t sound positive. Maybe, just maybe, the modest increase in social interaction will result in a recognition that the fear of that scary thing is unwarranted.

Though you also need to acknowledge that there are government jobs that are unneeded, and then we as also could talk government salaries and benefits, also unneeded.

Stats misleading — most new hires, according to the article, appear to be census-related. Part-time jobs. And 1,200 education-related jobs gone. No comparison.

Who’s going to fill the trough when we all work for the government? The government produces nothing; it only consumes, regulates, and hinders those that do

Right?! We don’t need roads, and fire departments and schools. They produce NOTHING.

Decrease in unemployment rate – good news. Increase in Govt jobs – not good news.