SLO County Monthly Labor Market Information

Unemployment Rate for San Luis Obispo County decreases in September

The San Luis Obispo County Monthly Employment Report (September 2019) shows an increase in the civilian labor force, an increase in civilian employment, and a decrease in civilian unemployment.



The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported the unemployment rate was 2.4% in September 2019, down from a revised 3.0% in August 2019. SLO County has the 7th lowest Unemployment Rate in California. The unadjusted Unemployment Rate in California is 3.5% and 3.3% for the nation during the same period.


Month-over Job Changes

Government experienced the most gain, adding 2,000 jobs in September 2019. Manufacturing  had a gain of 300 jobs. The Other Services industry had a gain of 200 jobs and the Professional & Business Service industry gained 100 jobs. 

The Mining, Logging, and Construction, Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Information, Financial Activities and  Educational & Health Services industries experienced no change.

Leisure & Hospitality was the only industry to experience a loss in September 2019, losing 200 jobs. 

Total Farm experienced a gain of 100 jobs.

Overall, employers in San Luis Obispo County gained 2,500 jobs in the past month.


Year-over Job Changes

Between September 2018 and September 2019, six industries experienced year-over gains.

Leisure & Hospitality experience the highest year-over growth gaining 800 jobs. Government gained 700 jobs. Manufacturing and Professional & Business Services each gained 400 jobs. Educational & Health Services added 200 jobs and Other Services added 100 jobs.

Both the Financial Activities and Information industries experienced no change.

Trade, Transportation & Utilities  experienced the most year-over loss losing 500 jobs. Mining, Logging, & Construction had a year-over loss of 400 jobs.

Total Farm had a year over gain of 100 jobs.

Overall, employers in San Luis Obispo County have added 1,800 jobs in the past year.

This report is written by the San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board. 

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