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Modoc, Siskiyou unemployment up

by LEE JUILLERAT, Herald and News 1/24/13

Here’s an update on some of the things happening around the Klamath Basin:

Unemployment rates shot up in both Modoc and Siskiyou counties in December, based on statistics from the California Employment Development Department. The Siskiyou rate, which was 12.7 percent in October, jumped from 14.2 percent in November to 15.9 percent in December. The Modoc rate rose from 12.9 percent in November to 14.4 percent in December.

Based on these figures, of Modoc County’s 3,660-person workforce, 530 were unemployed in December while 2,990 of Siskiyou County’s 18,870-person workforce were with jobs.

Many of Siskiyou’s job losses were in farming, mining and logging, and construction. Farming saw a nearly 39 percent drop, from 750 to 460, while the number of mining-logging jobs dropped from 160 to 120 and construction jobs fell from 320 to 290 in December. Other job losses were reported in federal and state government, wholesale trade, transportation-warehousing-utilities, non-durable goods and professional business services. The only sectors showing small gains were financial activities and educational-health services.

In Modoc County, job losses were reported in farming, goods producing, private service providing, and state and federal government. The only sector reporting an increase in jobs was trade-transportation utilities.



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