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Placer-region breaks 1-million job barrier

County’s unemployment rate ranks 11th in state
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Regional employment numbers have cracked the 1 million mark, according to new state figures.

Numbers for October from the Employment Development Department show the number of people employed in the four-county region taking in Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties rising from 999,400 jobs in September to 1,002,200 jobs in October.

Contributing to the increase was a healthy boost in government employment, which saw a month-over-month hike of 6,600 jobs in the region.

That’s a normal seasonal job gain from September to October, labor market analyst Cara Welch said.

State government picked up 3,700 jobs while local and federal governments added 2,700 and 200 jobs respectively.

Placer County again led the region in low unemployment percentage, at 3.1 percent. The unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in El Dorado County, 3.7 percent in Sacramento County and 3.6 percent in Yolo County.

The region’s jobless rate stood at 3.5 percent in October, up from a revised 3.4 percent in September and well below October 2017’s 4 percent. The region’s jobless percentage also stands well below the state’s 4.0 percent and matches the nation’s.