Of the county’s civilian labor force of 17,330, 1,590 were jobless in January, the EDD reported. Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate is especially influenced by the rise and fall of seasonal industries like farm, mining, logging and construction.

Siskiyou’s unemployment rate rose sharply as is customary in the county during the winter months to 9.2 percent in January, up from 7.1 percent in December 2018 and 5.7 percent in November 2018, according to statistics released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Of the county’s civilian labor force of 17,330, 1,590 were jobless in January, the EDD reported.

Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate is especially influenced by the rise and fall of seasonal industries like farm, mining, logging and construction.

The three industries that saw the most job contraction between November and January:

• Farm: -320

• Mining and Logging: -50

• Construction: -70

For the year-over (Jan. 2018 compared to January 2019), there was a slight increase of 210 total jobs in Siskiyou County. EDD Labor Market Consultant Randall Weaver said year-over-year data gives a better view of long term trends, while month-over can be “pretty volatile and isn’t always the best measure of trends.”

“The numbers ... seem small, but in a county with a labor force of 17,330, small numbers have a big impact,” Weaver said.

The top three industries that saw job gains in the year-over: were farm with 60 jobs gained, leisure and hospitality with 70 jobs gained and educational and health services, with 50 jobs gained.

“This last list doesn’t surprise me, as I just completed a project in which I calculated the top three industries in Siskiyou County that have added employment between 2012 and 2018,” Weaver said. “I started at 2012 because that’s roughly when many of areas of the north state started to see the effects of the current economic expansion. During that period, farming added 475 jobs, education and health care 358 jobs and leisure and hospitality 316 jobs.

“So the county’s economy is continuing to expand employment and the strongest gains since the end of 2012 were in those three areas,” said Weaver.

Siskiyou County is now ranked 49th out of California’s 58 counties in terms of unemployment, according to the EDD. Nearby Shasta County ranks 32nd with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. Trinity ranks 43rd with a rate of 7.5; Modoc at 55th with a rate of 11.4; and Del Norte at 38th with a rate of 4.3 percent.

In a statewide look, California’s unemployment rate increased to 4.2 percent in January while the state’s employers added 3,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, according to the EDD. California has now gained a total of 3,115,600 jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.0 percent, and the nation’s employers added 304,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.

In January 2018, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,100 California households.

Nonfarm payroll jobs in California totaled 17,305,200 in January, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 80,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over change from January 2018 to January 2019 shows an increase of 246,400 jobs (up 1.4 percent).

The federal household survey, done with a smaller sample than the survey of employers, shows an increase in the number of employed Californians over the month and the year. It estimates the number of Californians holding jobs in January was 18,740,200, an increase of 35,200 from December and up 321,900 from the employment total in January of last year.

The number of unemployed Californians was 817,600 in January – an increase of 15,000 over the month and down by 24,800 compared with January of last year.

In related data, the EDD reported that there were 376,402 people receiving regular Unemployment Insurance benefits during the January survey week. This compares with 338,747 in December and 342,480 in January of last year. At the same time, new claims for Unemployment Insurance were 51,544 in January, compared with 48,684 in December and 52,028 in January of last year.