For the first time in several months, the year-to-year unemployment rate
In addition, Calaveras County has tied its year-to-year rate, also a
The latest EDD numbers are for October.
Calaveras County's unemployment rate sits at 14.8 percent, while
Over the past month ‹ from September to October ‹ the unemployment rate
Calaveras County's rate dropped a half a percent, going down from 15.3
Both counties are above the state unemployment average of 12 percent,
Imperial County has the state's highest rate, with 29.3 percent. The
Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO George Segarini
"I think we're seeing the trend," he said. "It's definitely headed in
Nonetheless, he added: "I was actually hoping it would be better."
Segarini said only when Tuolumne County has seen decreasing unemployment
Despite the positive year-to-year unemployment rate trend, the EDD's
On the year, Calaveras County's labor force numbers have decreased by
Critics also point out that official unemployment figures don't
Tuolumne County's year-to-year labor force numbers have actually
Unlike Calaveras County, which has seen little economic activity over
In illustrating his point, Cope pointed out that a new Lowe's home improvement store is slated to open at the end of the year, a number of restaurants have recently opened downtown and in various shopping centers, a new nursing facility is under construction in Sonora and various small, local business have expanded.
Also, three large commercial projects have been proposed for Groveland — involving everything from hotels, restaurants and gas stations — and 200-home Jamestown subdivision is set to be considered at a Dec. 7 Board of Supervisors meeting.
Despite the economic activity, Tuolumne County does have some pockets deeply affected by the ongoing economic slump. For instance, according to the EDD numbers, Soulsbyville and Chinese Camp have unemployment rates hovering around 25 percent, and Jamestown and Columbia have rates over 16 percent.
Calaveras County, meanwhile, was recently named by the Associated Press as the 20th most economically stressed county in the United States.
Imperial County, with its 29.3 percent unemployment rate, was No. 1 on that list.