Jobs added in Siskiyou, unemployment ticks down

Skye Kinkade

Siskiyou County's jobless rate dropped half a point to 14.5 percent last month, sitting more than a full point lower than it was in June, 2011.

Jobs were added in nearly every industry category between May and June, most notably in the leisure and hospitality, federal government, mining and logging, farming, and construction industries, according to information released Friday morning from the state's Employment Development Department.

These increases more than made up for the loss of thirty jobs in the nondurable goods manufacturing category over the past month, according to the EDD.

Siskiyou County now ranks 43 out of the state's 58 counties. Out of a workforce of 19,610, 2,850 people are unemployed, the EDD reported.

Nearby Shasta County is ranked 36, with an unemployment rate that rose slightly to 13.1 percent in June from 12.7 percent the month before. Marin is at the top of the list with a jobless rate of 6.6 percent; Imperial County is ranked dead last with a rate of 28.2 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate rose slightly from 10.4 percent in May to 10.7 percent last month. The US rate jumped from 7.9 percent to 8.4 over the month, though it's still nearly a point lower than it was one year ago, according to the EDD.