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Labor Numbers Improve In Stanislaus County
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The unemployment rate fell for August in Stanislaus County as industries hit hard during the pandemic continue to add back employees, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate for August came in at 8 percent, down from 8.4 percent posted the month prior and below the year-ago estimate of 11.2 percent, the EDD reported.

The drop was driven by job growths in the sectors of Farming, Manufacturing, Leisure and Hospitality and Educational and Health Services.

Farming posted the largest job growth for the month, with approximately 1,100 positions added for the month. It was followed by manufacturing, which added an estimated 1,000 positions in August. Both sectors typically add jobs during this time of year as harvest activity ramps up.

Leisure and Hospitality typically sees declines in employment in August as summer jobs end and more people go back to school. But this time the sector added an estimated 600 jobs for the month. The sector has been one particularly hit hard by the pandemic and job growth has been slow going.

The final sector to post job gains in August in Stanislaus County was the Health and Education Services sector, which added about 200 positions, according to EDD.

The only sector in Stanislaus County to report a loss of jobs for the month was Mining, Logging and Construction, which reported a loss of about 300 jobs, the EDD reported.

All other sectors in Stanislaus County were flat for the month.

California’s unemployment rate came in at 7.5 percent for the month and the nation’s was at 5.3 percent for the same time period.

Oakdale had an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent during August while Riverbank came in at 5.9 percent. Other Stanislaus County cities included Turlock, which had an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for the month. Denair was at 7.5 percent; Keyes was at 9.8 percent; Hughson was at 4.3 percent; and Ceres was at 9 percent.

The EDD released data regarding the online job vacancies and the companies looking to hire for the month of August. The top 10 positions with the most job ads for the month in Stanislaus County were: Registered nurses - 677, which was up by 30 from the month prior; retail salespersons - 372, which was up by five from July; heavy and tractor-trailer drivers - 304, which was an increase of six from the previous month; first-line supervisors of retail sales workers - 284, which was an increase of 17 from July; sales representatives wholesale and manufacturing except scientific and technical products - 268, which dropped by 40 from July; customer service representatives - 260, which was down by 23 from the month prior; laborer and freight, stock and material movers - 235, which dropped 28 for the month; maintenance and repair workers - 209, which was a decrease of one from July; managers - 202, which dropped by 16 for the month; and combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food – 157, which was flat for the month.

The top 10 companies posting the most online job vacancies in Stanislaus County in August were: Anthem Blue Cross - 418, up by 23; Tenet Health System - 250, up by 65; Sutter Health - 214, up by 40; Modesto City Schools - 191, up by 12; California State University, Stanislaus - 124, up by 34; Soliant – 112, which was up by 22; Save Mart Companies – 106, which was down by 12 from July; Emanuel Medical Center - 92, which was up by 17 from the month prior; Hospitals of Providence – 87, down by 50; and Ceres Unified School District - 85, down by five.