County’s jobless rate remains low at 4.5%

Skye Kinkade

Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.5 percent in October with a loss of jobs in the mining, logging, leisure and hospitality industries. September’s rate was 4.3 percent, which was the lowest it had been since at least January of 1990.

Of a civilian labor force of 17,600, 790 were looking for work, according to information released by the state’s Employment Development Department on Friday.

Losses in the industries noted above were partly offset by an increase in farming jobs over the month, the EDD reported.

Siskiyou’s jobless rate in October of last year was 5.3 percent.

Siskiyou County is now ranked 41st out of California’s 58 counties in terms of unemployment. San Mateo County is ranked first with a jobless rate of 1.8 percent. Ranked last is Imperial, where 21.2 percent of the workforce is unemployed.

California’s unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 3.9 percent in October while the state’s employers added 23,600 nonfarm payroll jobs, according to EDD data from two surveys. The job gains in October contribute to a record job expansion in California of 116 months, surpassing the long expansion of the 1960s, according to a press release from the EDD.

California has gained 3,377,900 jobs since the expansion began in February 2010, accounting for more than 15 percent of the nation’s 22,230,000 job gain over the same timeframe.

The number of unemployed Californians is the lowest since 1989 despite large gains in statewide population since then, the EDD reported.