Del Norte County's preliminary May 2008 unemployment rate was 8.0 percent. That number is up 0.1 percent from the April rate of 7.9 percent, and 1.2 percent above the May 2007 estimate of 6.8 percent.

At 8.0 percent, Del Norte's ranking among California's 58 counties was unchanged at 34th. Some surrounding county rates included 8.7 percent for Siskiyou, 10.8 percent for Trinity, and 6.5 percent for Humboldt.

Marin had the lowest rate in the State at 4.2 percent and Imperial County had the highest with 19.2 percent. This compares to a seasonally unadjusted rate of 6.5 percent for California and 5.2 percent for the U.S.