Despite a seasonal increase in the joblessness numbers, Merced County’s 12.6 percent rate in January was four-tenths of a percent lower than a year ago, labor market experts said Friday. There were 1,700 more tasks in the county in January than the very same time last year, including 400 more seasonal farm labor jobs, according to the Work Development Department. The manufacturing and the educational and health services sectors each had 600 more tasks in Merced County in January than they did a year earlier. The federal government sector tallied 400 less tasks and expert and organisation services counted 200 fewer than a year back, EDD said.Though the seasonal unemployment rate rose in January from December’s modified 10.7 percent, Merced County’s unemployed rate was the best it’s been because 2007, inning accordance with Rosendo Flores, a labor market expert with EDD. 12.6 percentJanuary unemployment rate in Merced County”That’s quite real for most of the Valley,” he stated. Fresno tape-recorded a 10.6 percent rate and Madera did a little much better at 10 percent, while Kern revealed a 11.1 percent rate and Tulare reached 12.4 percent, according to Flores. California’s job development continued its sluggish pace in January, although the Golden State’s joblessness rate fell a tenth of a percentage point to 5.1 percent.The Central San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire, though growing, have not experienced the kind of boom experienced along the coast, Sung Won Sohn, a financial expert atCalifornia State University, Channel Islands, said. While Marin( 3.2 percent) and San Mateo(2.9 percent )counties sport” very low”unemployment rates, Sohn said in a note to reporters, 19 out of 58 counties have jobless rates surpassing 8 percent. “Ideally the tight labor market conditions in other places will spill over into these high out of work locations, lowering unemployment,” he wrote.The state EDD report said California added 9,700 jobs in January.Hopefully the tight labor market conditions in other places will spill over into these high unemployed areas decreasing unemployment.Sung Won Sohn, a financial expert at California State University, Channel IslandsThat was an improvement over the addition of only 3,700 jobs to close out the year in December, when the statewide out of work rate was 5.2 percent.Despite the months of year-over-year improvement, Merced County and the rest of the Valley continue to experience unemployment rates that are considerably higher than either the state or nationwide averages. And that is not a circumstance that is likely to change in the near future, stated Michael Bernick, a San Francisco employment attorney and previous director of the state Work Development Department.”It’s absolutely nothing brand-new that the Valley and other farming parts of our state have for several years had substantially greater unemployment than the state, often double or more,” Bernick stated Friday. “It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen for years … because of the seasonal nature and the agricultural base of Valley employment.”By contrast, the country’s joblessness rate increased 0.1 percent in January to 4.8 percent.The Fresno and Sacramento Bees added to this report.Let’s blockadvertisements!