Unemployment total remained nearly unchanged from November to December in Santa Barbara County, however Santa Maria nonetheless has the best fee among the many county’s eight cities in line with figures launched Friday by the Workforce Growth Board.
Preliminary figures present the county’s unemployment fee at 4.0% in comparison with the adjusted 3.9% fee for November, in line with the board.
The precise variety of unemployed countywide remained the identical at 8,600 from November to December, however the proportion modified barely as a result of the scale of the county’s workforce and the variety of individuals employed each fell 1.8%.
December’s unemployment fee is significantly higher than what’s was in December 2020, when it was 7.3%.
Santa Maria leads the county’s cities with a 7.3% unemployment fee for December 2021, adopted by Lompoc at 5.8%, with Buellton recording the bottom fee at 1.4%.
Guadalupe’s fee for December was listed at 2.8%, whereas Solvang’s fee was reported somewhat greater at 3.3%.
Charges on the South Coast have been reported at 2.2% in Santa Barbara, 2.1% in Goleta and three.6% in Carpinteria.
Whereas the variety of individuals employed in all of the county’s industries mixed grew by 9,000 from December 2020 to December 2021, the county misplaced 5,000 staff from November to December, pushed by the lack of 5,600 jobs within the farm sector.
Nevertheless, a drop within the variety of employed farmworkers was not sudden due to the seasonality of the work.
Different sectors that misplaced jobs have been manufacturing, down by 200; academic and well being companies, down 100; and authorities, additionally down 100.
An encouraging signal got here within the variety of these employed within the leisure and hospitality sector and the mining, logging and building sector, each of that are traditionally affected by seasonal fluctuations however elevated by 300 jobs every from November.
Leisure and hospitality confirmed essentially the most positive factors yr over yr, choosing up 4,900 jobs from December 2020 to December 2021, adopted by the farm sector with 1,000 and the commerce, transportation and utilities sector and the skilled and enterprise companies sector, every of which added 700 jobs from the prior yr.
Santa Barbara County’s unemployment fee continues to outperform the state’s, which was reported at 5.0% in December, however stays greater than the nationwide fee of three.7%.
Figures launched by the board are primarily based on numbers reported by California Labor Market Info Division’s month-to-month report on unemployment and trade sector job development and decline.
The Workforce Growth Board is a public-private partnership that helps staff discover jobs and companies discover staff; supplies expertise coaching to assist people discover and retain jobs; and affords the newest labor market info and regional workforce analysis for companies.
Free employment companies are offered within the North County at America’s Job Middle of California, 1410 S. Broadway in Santa Maria. To achieve the workplace by telephone, name 805-614-1550.