San Diego County unemployment drops to 3.7% but job growth stalls

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It was followed by other services (a catch-all category that includes laundry services and employees of religious organizations) with 3,300 jobs.

Tulare County's October unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, down from 9.5 percent in September and below 10.5 percent a year ago.

The unemployment rate remains the same at 3.9 percent, according to the Department of Workforce.

Over the past 12 months, the county gained 40,000 jobs for a growth rate of 0.9 percent, led by increases in health care/social assistance (up 20,000), professional/business services (up 7,800) and construction (up 7,500). Employers added 31,700 jobs for a total of 16.8 million.

The unadjusted unemployment rate for the state of California is now 4.3 percent, while the unemployment rate for the nation sits at 3.9 percent.

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Statewide, 299,272 people received unemployment benefits, compared with 312,933 in September and 323,124 a year earlier.

The largest month-over-month decline was in professional and business services, down 1,400 jobs to 300,600.

When adjusted for seasonal swings, the October unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from 4.1 percent in September, Reaser said.

The U.S. reported unemployment fell to 4.1% in October from 4.2% in September. The jobless rate was 4.4 percent in Los Angeles County, 3.3 percent in Orange County, 4.5 percent in San Bernardino County and 5 percent in Riverside County.

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