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Unemployment Rate Decreases In Mother Lode Counties

Sonora, CA — The unemployment rate has fallen in both Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.

Statistics released by the California Employment Development Department show that Tuolumne County’s rate during the month of April was 12.2 percent, which is down from 13 percent in March. Calaveras County was at 13.5 percent in April, and that is down from 14.4 percent the month before.

Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO George Segarini feels the summer tourist season could be part of the reason. “Typically we have more hiring in the community this time of year,” says Segarini.

Calfornia’s unemployment rate also decreased from March to April, falling from 11.2 to 11 percent.
 
Meanwhile, the number of residents in the labor force decreased in both counties. Tuolumne County had a labor force of 27,050 in March and it fell to 26,620 in April. Calaveras County’s labor force fell from 21,320 in March to 21,280 in April. 

The labor force includes all residents currently employed and those seeking employment.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.