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Madera’s jobless rate is up, but so are numbers of working

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Although 200 more people were employed in Madera County in June than in May, the unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percent because there were more people looking for jobs, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department.

The Madera County unemployment rate reached 14.6 percent in June, up from 14.3 percent in May but below the rate of 15.5 percent seen last June.

About 200 government, educational and health services workers were laid off in June, but 400 workers were hired for farming jobs in the same month, creating a net growth of 200 filled positions.

But the unemployment rate still increased because the county’s labor force, especially those wanting to work in the farming industry, also grew, said Pedro Vargas, Labor Market Consultant for EDD...


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