Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate dropped a point between August and September to 12.5 percent, one of the lowest rates since 2009.

According to information released today by the state’s Employment Development Department, last year, Siskiyou’s September jobless rate was two points higher, at 14.6 percent – however, the labor force has also shrunk by 250 people year over year.

A total of 170 jobs were added over the month in industries including the manufacturing of non durable goods, state and local government and service providing, according to the EDD.

Of a labor force of 19,580, 2,450 were unemployed in September, the EDD reported.

Siskiyou County is now ranked 44 out of California’s 58 counties. Nearby Shasta County is ranked 35th, with an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent.

Statewide, the jobless rate went from 10.4 percent in August to 9.7 percent in September. The US rate dropped from 8.2 percent to 7.6 percent, according the EDD’s statistics.