Fewer jobs

With increased COVID restrictions, more people were out of work in November.

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With government-mandated lockdowns kicking in during November, the employment rate in Del Norte County understandable fell.

During November, the employment fell 3.5 percent with 330 people losing their jobs, according to information released by the state.

The biggest drop in the month came in the farm industry, with 50 people losing jobs, a 15.6 percent decrease from October.

Federal government jobs dropped 6.3 percent in the month, but are still up 15.4 percent for the year.

With unemployment skyrocketing due to COVID-19, only two industries federal government and education and health services, showed employment increases in 2020.

Not surprising, leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants, was down 3.9 percent in November and 20.4 percent year to year.

Farm jobs, trade, transportation and utilities and professional and business services also saw marked decreases in 2020.

In all, people looking for work or trying to work fell by close to 500 people in the last year while unemployment fell by close to 700 people.

Statewide, the unemployment rate at the end of November was 7.9 percent, while in Del Norte County it was a slightly better 7.6 percent.

Marin County led the state with a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, while Imperial County was suffering the worst, with a 16.4 percent unemployment rate.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent at the end of November, down from a high of 14.7 percent in April.


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