August 2021 County Labor Market Information

Unemployment Rate for San Luis Obispo County decreased in August 2021.

The San Luis Obispo County Monthly Employment Report (July 2021) 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 5.7% in July 2021, down from a revised 5.9% in June 2021. SLO County ranks 8th lowest Unemployment Rate in the state. The unadjusted Unemployment Rate in California is 7.9% and 5.7% for the nation during the same period.


Month-over Job Changes

The Leisure & Hospitality industry experienced the most job gains this reporting period, adding 300 jobs during the month of July. The Mining, Logging, and Construction and Professional & Business Service industries experienced a gain of 100 jobs each.

The Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Information, Financial Activities, and Other Services industries remained unchanged during the July reporting period.

The Government industry experienced the most job losses this reporting period, losing 2,100 jobs during the month of July. The Manufacturing industry lost 200 jobs and the Educational & Health Services industry lost 100 jobs in the same period.

Total Farm lost 100 jobs in July.

In this reporting period, San Luis Obispo County employers experienced a loss of 2,000 jobs overall.


Year-over Job Changes

The Trade, Transportation & Utilities and the Professional & Business Services industries are up 900 jobs each from July of 2020. The Manufacturing industry had a year-over job gain of 600. The Mining, Logging, and Construction and Other Services industries had a year-over gain of 300 jobs each. The Information industry experienced a modest year-over gain of 100 jobs.

The Educational & Health Services industry remained unchanged from July of 2020.

The Government industry is currently the industry with the highest year-over loss, losing 1,400 jobs, and the Financial Activities and Leisure & Hospitality industries were reported at a year-over loss of 100 jobs each.

Total Farm experienced a year-over gain of 100 jobs.

Overall, employers in San Luis Obispo County have gained 1,600 jobs in the past year.

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

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