San Bernardino County's unemployment rate increases to 5.4 percent in June


According to the Employment Development Department, the Napa County labor force totaled 74,400 last June compared to 75,000 this June. However, the state lost 1,400 jobs during the month.

June's statewide unemployment rate now stands at 3.2%, which is up one-tenth from May.

"The monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average in the first half of 2017".

Despite the growth in jobs, the overall labor force shrank again. Unemployment now is at the lowest level in the commonwealth since April 2008.

Between May and June, San Diego added 3,100 jobs in bars and restaurants, while the arts, entertainment, and recreation category grew by 1,500 positions. Previous year in June, the rate was 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Illinois' unemployment rate, which measures people who are not working but have looked for a job in the past four weeks, rose a notch to 4.7 percent in June from 4.6 percent in May.

"Colorado has a very low unemployment rate and is gifted with a great economy", Acosta said.

The Office of Employment and Training says last month's seasonally adjusted preliminary rate was 5.1 percent.

Over the year, the labor department says the average workweek for all employees on private, nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.7 to 34.2 hours and average hourly earnings decreased from $26.80 to $26.75.

Gedney, however, questioned the construction employment estimates for June, saying he didn't think those moved lower.

The state added 8,600 jobs in June, including 900 in manufacturing.

Over the past year, the largest increases were seen for specialty construction contractors, 4,100 jobs; local government education, 3,500; and ambulatory health care services, 2,500.