Kern’s unemployment rate inched upward to a seasonally unadjusted 10 percent in July, up from 9.9 percent the month before, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
This apparent stability belied significant shifts in the county’s labor force between June and July. On the positive side, farming added 6,200 jobs, an increase of 9.9 percent; professional and business service providers grew by 400 positions (1.6 percent); and restaurants took on an additional 400 employees (2 percent).
Among the local sectors reported to have lost jobs between June and July were local education, which shed 4,600 positions, or almost 16 percent; health care and social assistance (700 jobs, 2.2 percent); retail (500, 1.6 percent); and the category of trade, transportation and utilities (400, 0.8 percent).
California’s overall jobless rate, reported on a seasonally unadjusted basis, rose to 6.5 percent from 6.2 percent in June. The national rate bumped up to 5.6 percent from 5.5 percent the month before, also unadjusted for seasonal factors.