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Placer County Unemployment Rates Drop

Roseville's jobless rate was at 7 percent in May.

Placer County and statewide unemployment rates continue to drop. 

Regionally, the decline is partially thanks to more seasonal farm jobs and an increase in leisure and hospitality sector jobs, according to figures released by the state Employment Development Department on Friday. 

That translated to the Placer County jobless rate declining to 7 percent in May. The county's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in April.

Roseville, with a jobless rate of 7 percent, is the same as the county average. Rocklin boasts the city with the lowest unemployment rate in the county, at 5 percent. 

The total number of jobs in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado counties climbed 4,900 jobs to reach 842,500 jobs between April and May: 
  • Farm led the month-over expansion with a 1,500-job gain, a normal seasonal increase.
  • Professional and business services added 1,400 jobs. The gain in administrative and support and waste services (up 1,500 jobs) more than offset the slight loss in professional, scientific, and technical services (down 100 jobs). 
  • Leisure and hospitality recorded the largest April-to-May increase since 1991 with an addition of 700 jobs. 
  • Other services was the only sector to report a decrease for the month (down 400 jobs).
(information from the California Employment Development Department)

Comparing May 2013 to May 2012, there were 6,700 more jobs in the four-county area this year than last.

The Placer County unemployment rate is lower than the state's, which declined to 8.6 percent in May. The national unemployment rate saw a slight uptick from April to May, rising to 7.6 percent.

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