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Jobless rate increases slightly in Stanislaus County during January

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"Typical seasonal job losses in leisure and hospitality and construction finally showed up after a sustained period of activity", said Paul Turek, labor economist with the Employment Security Department.

The increase in nonfarm employment came as the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force grew by almost 1,700 people from December to January.

According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the ESD, private-sector and government employment each decreased by 3,600 jobs in January.

The state paid unemployment insurance benefits to 78,102 people in January.

For the month of January Stanislaus County had an estimated labor force of 246,100, with 224,100 employed and 22,000 unemployed, the EDD reported.

A new report shows Missouri's jobless rate is ticking down.

Surging unemployment rates were not unique to northwest OH, as rates increased in all 88 counties across the state. In Fulton County, it was 6.1 percent in January, up from 4.6 percent in December and 5.8 percent a year earlier.

The 1.3-percent increase was about 0.4-percent higher than the increase from December 2015 to January 2016.

The unemployment rate was 4-point-5 percent in January 2016.

Auglaize County had the second lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, up eight-tenths of a percent from December's 3.7 percent, while Putnam County's unemployment increased from 3.6 percent in December 2016 to 4.8 percent in January, a jump of 1.2 percent.

Ohio's comparable unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in January.

The 10 companies that posted the most help wanted ads for January in Stanislaus County were: West Suburban Medical Center - 202; The Hospitals of Providence - 136; Ceres Unified School District - 105; Tenet Healthcare Corporation - 97; Sutter Health - 87; Pizza Hut - 54; TruStaff - 52; Supplemental Health Care - 47; Modesto City Schools - 44; and California State University System - 51.

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