SACRAMENTO — The unemployment rate for February remained relatively stable across the Central Valley. San Joaquin County came in at 8.8 percent, down 0.1 percent from January while Stanislaus County’s rate was unchanged at 9.4 percent. Merced County continues to suffer from the highest rate in the area at 12.6 percent, down 0.1 percent from January.
Nationally the unemployment rate stood at 5.2 percent while California’s rate was 5.7 percent.
The biggest drivers of employment gains in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties were trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality. The two catagories both added 1,600 jobs to San Joaquin County. Trade, transportation and utilities added 1,400 jobs in Stanislaus County. Leisure and hospitality added 1,600 jobs to the county... Read More