Siskiyou unemployment rate stagnant

Skye Kinkade

Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate dropped infinitesimally in July from 14.5 to 14.4 percent. Last year during the same month, the jobless rate was 15.5 percent.

The addition of jobs in the farming, goods producing, mining and logging, construction and leisure and hospitality industries balanced out losses in the state and local government and service providing industries, according to information released by the state’s Employment Development Department on Aug. 17.

Siskiyou is now ranked 43rd out of California’s 58 counties. Of the labor force of 19,300, 2,770 are unemployed, reported the EDD.

Nearby Shasta County is ranked 36th with a jobless rate of 13.1 percent. Marin is ranked first with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, while Imperial County is ranked dead last with a rate of 29.9 percent.

Statewide, unemployment went up a small amount from 10.7 to 10.9 percent, though in a year over year comparison, the rate has dropped from July, 2011’s 12.3 percent.

The US unemployment rate also went up slightly, from 8.4 percent in June to 8.6 percent in July, according to the EDD.