State Unemployment Rate Edges Up To 5.4%

The unemployment rate in Shasta County has increased, at 7.2% for June compared to 6.1% in May.  This year's numbers are just below last June's 7.5% jobless rate.  With local lakes full, the leisure and hospitality industry added 200 jobs.  The construction industry reported adding 300 jobs for a total of 3300, which is the most construction jobs in June since June of 2008, when there were 4200.  EDD Labor Market Analyst Sheila Stock says the jobless numbers were largely a reflection of an increased labor force.  It increased by 1400, with 500 finding jobs and 900 still looking.  June's unemployment rate was 7.8% in Tehama County, 6.4% in Trinity County and 7.5% in Siskiyou County.  The state's unemployment rate edged up to 5.4%.  It was 5.1% nationally.