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June 20, 2014

Farm jobs up, jobless rate down in Merced County

Merced County saw a decrease in the unemployment rate of nearly 2 percentage points in May from the previous month, according to numbers from the state’s Economic Development Department.

Merced County saw a decrease in the unemployment rate of nearly 2 percentage points in May from the previous month, according to numbers from the state’s Economic Development Department.

The county has also been riding a wave of lower unemployment numbers than those in 2013, and the 12.5 percent unemployment rate in May continues that streak.

The biggest jolt to the jobless numbers came from the roughly 1,500 new farm jobs as it is the time of year when farmers are hiring, said Pedro Vargas, a labor analyst with EDD.

It’s not all good news as the 91 folks who will lose their jobs from the looming closing of Mi Pueblo Market in Atwater have not been factored in yet. The grocery chain’s human resources department announced this week that the Atwater location will close later this year, and begin layoffs at the end of August. 

More on this in Saturday's Merced Sun-Star.

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