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Unemployment Ticks Upwards

The unemployment rate edged upwards last month both statewide and in the Mother Lode.

The California Employment Development Department reports that the rate in March for Tuolumne County was 13.5%, compared to 13.3% in February. Calaveras County’s rate in increased to 14.8%, up from 14.5%.

Statewide, California’s unemployment rate increased to 11%.

Categories that saw an increase in new jobs include trade, transportation, health, leisure services, government, logging and mining. Areas that reported a decline include construction, manufacturing and information.