Del Norte County's preliminary April 2008 jobless rate was 7.9 percent, down 0.8 percent from 8.7 percent. However, this was above the April 2007 estimate of 7.4 percent.

At 7.9 percent, Del Norte ranked 34th among California's 58 counties. Some surrounding county rates included 9.6 percent for Siskiyou, 12.8 percent for Trinity, and 6.5 percent for Humboldt. Marin had the lowest rate in the state at 3.9 percent and Imperial County had the highest with 18.4 percent.

This compares to a seasonally unadjusted rate of 6.1 percent for California and 4.8 percent for the United States.