Unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

Kern County unemployment rate inches up in June

San Bernardino County's unemployment rate surged to 5.4 percent during the month of June, according to data released on July 21 by the California Employment Development Department.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.2 percent, compared with 3.8 percent a year ago.

Indiana's unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in June, down from 3.2 percent in May.

Iowa saw a slight uptick in unemployment last month.

The unemployment rate in the Florence MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) that consists of Florence and Darlington counties is 4.7 percent.

"It is typical for the unemployment rate to increase during this time of year", says Welch.




Lānaʻi's rate of 6.1% was up from the 3.4% rate recorded a month before, and down from the 7.1% rate recorded at the same time a year ago. "Despite a slight increase in unemployment, labor market fundamentals remain strong, with total year-over-year employment up 2 percent". Professional and business services posted the largest jobs increase with a gain of 9,100 jobs, followed by construction with a gain of 8,100 jobs.

About 500 industry sector jobs were lost locally during the month, Weaver wrote, with about 100 jobs being lost in the farming industry and the other 400 lost in non-farming industries.

Texas, California and Florida have added the most new jobs in the a year ago, continuing a trend that began at the depths of the recession.

Calhoun County's jobless rate was 4.3 percent in May.

Three industry sectors posted job declines over the year, down a total of 12,600 jobs. This compares with 354,371 in May and 345,159 in June of previous year. The District of Columbia has a 6.2 percent unemployment rate. That's down from 9.5 percent previous year.

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