Unemployment on the rise in San Luis Obispo County

July 18, 2021

By KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate increased in June as struggling restaurants and other small businesses continue to close, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The county’s unemployment rate increased to 5.8% in June, from a revised 5.2% in May. In May 2019, the jobless rate was 2.4%.

In June, 100 people lost their jobs in the food service portion of the hospitality industry in SLO County. At the same time, 200 people lost jobs in local goverment and health services.

There were nearly 123,200 people in SLO County with a paycheck at the end of June, 1,800 fewer than prior to the pandemic, and 200 less than at the end of May. Prior to the pandemic, in Jan. 2020, there were 136,900 people locally employed, according to the state.

San Luis Obispo County is ranked tenth out of 58 California counties for lower numbers of unemployed workers. SLO County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 6.1% and the state’s 8.0% rate.

In California, Marin County is ranked number one with an unemployment rate of 4.7% and Imperial County comes in on the bottom with an unemployment rate of 17.5%.


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varian08

Can not find employees, How do you pay them bro.If you can not pay your people fairly, you should not be in business.


shelworth

I thought in order to get unemployment you had to prove you were looking for a job….


RalphKane

It pays to be funemployed


Jorge Estrada

To be expected when free money is has been on the rise.


Robert1

Good luck getting them back to work,

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit calculator will provide you with an estimate of your weekly UI benefit amount, which can range from $40 to $450 per week.

$450.00 a week from the state, $600.00 more from the Fed’s that’s $1050.00 a week divided by 40 hours a week comes out to $26.25 an hour to not work times 52 weeks a year =$54,600 to sit home and play Xbox and smoke weed.


RalphKane

Aren’t the Fed bennies down to $300 a week now?


Jon Tatro

WTF are they talking about every restaurant is hiring many with signing bonuses. They are begging for workers and everyone knows it. Those who lost their job obviously didn’t want to work.


Michele

Exactly. Everyone in town is hiring. I’m trying to hire but no one wants to work. Unemployed by choice.


kayaknut

They are not unemployed, they are employed by the government, sort of, in a regular job you are expected to do something and for that work you are compensated, the government just eliminated that pesky first part and instead they are just paying people to do nothing.


RalphKane

…and people wonder why inflation has reared its ugly head again