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San Benito
June 22, 2024

County jobless rate up slightly to 5.3 percent

San Benito County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.3 percent in June, but remained at historically low levels.

The unemployment rate was released July 20. The county’s jobless rate was at 4.8 percent in May, according to records from the California Employment Development Department. The county’s unemployment was 5.1 percent in April.

The statewide unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in June, the same figure from May, while the national unemployment rate in June was 4 percent

According to the EDD press release on the June rates:

For a third consecutive month, California’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent in June – remaining at a record low level in a series dating back to 1976 – while the state’s employers added 800 nonfarm payroll jobs

The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 4.0 percent, while the nation’s employers added 213,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.

The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,100 California households.

Nonfarm payroll jobs in California totaled 17,092,000 in June, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically.

The county has a labor force of 30,500, with 28,900 employed.

San Benito County Live will provide monthly updates on the local unemployment rate.