Siskiyou jobless rate remains near 15 percent

Skye Kinkade

Siskiyou’s unemployment rate was stagnant between January and February, rising a tenth of a percentage point to 15.3 percent.

A total of 170 jobs were lost, most notably in the government, farm, and trade, transportation and utilities industries, according to information released this morning by the state Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate in February 2013 was 16.7 percent, however, the workforce has declined over the past year by more than 500 jobs, the EDD reported.

Of a workforce of 17,790, 2,730 people were jobless last month.

Employers with the most job ads were Dignity Health, the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, Scott Valley Unified School District, and Fruit Growers Supply Company. Occupations in most demand were Registered Nurses, truck drivers, foresters, forest and conservation technicians and speech language pathologists, said Sheila Stock, the EDD’s labor market consultant.

Siskiyou County is now ranked 54th out of California’s 58 counties in terms of unemployment, according to EDD statistics.

Colusa County is ranked last with a jobless rate of nearly 25 percent. Marin County is ranked first with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Nearby Shasta County is ranked 34th, with a rate of 11 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate stayed the same at 8.5 percent and the US rate rose from 6.5 percent in January to 7 percent in February, according to the EDD.