Triplicate Staff

Del Norte County's jobless rate for February dropped slightly from January, according to numbers released by the California Economic Development Department on Friday.

With a jobless rate of 11.5 percent in February, Del Norte currently ranks 36th out of California's 58 counties in terms of unemployment, according to a department press release. Del Norte's jobless rate in January was 11.6 percent.

California's unemployment rate is currently 8.5 percent, while the U.S. rate is at 7 percent, according to the department.

The number of jobs in Del Norte grew by 30 during February with seasonal farm and tourist jobs accounting for the bulk of the increase, according to the department.

The number of jobs in the county grew by 70 over the year. According to the Economic Development Department, the biggest job gains occurred in private education and health services and the leisure and hospitality industries. The professional and business services, financial activities and manufacturing industries also saw job growth.

Meanwhile, job losses occurred in the trade, transportation and utilities industry as well as government. Farming, mining, logging and construction and information industries experienced no change.

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