Fewer 'Help Wanted' Signs; Unemployment Rates Fall in Valley

The Central Valley followed the state's lead with falling unemployment figures.

California's rate fell to 8.8 percent in July, which still trails the national rate of 7.3 percent.

The state Employment Development Department reports Fresno's unemployment rate fell to 11.9 percent in August, from 12.5 percent in July.

But, there were big losses in some sectors1,200 jobs in government.


"Normally, August and September are lowest points in the year regarding the unemployment rate," says Steve Gutierrez, with the Labor Market Information Division

of the EDD. He pointed out numbers were strong in Agriculture-related jobsbut also stressed the jobs are seasonal.


The rate in Kings County fell by more than half a percentage point in August, to 12 percent.


The rate in Madera fell by nearly a whole percentage point to 10.4 percent. Merced's fell to 13.3 percent, dramatically down from 14.6 percent in July.


Tulare County also had major job gains in Non-Farming and Manufacturing industries, lowering the unemployment rate to 13.1 percent, from 13.8 percent in July.