Kern Counties unemployment rate for December 2018 was 7.6 percent, one percent higher than November, which came in at 6.6 percent and dropped .8 percent from the previous year.
California’s unadjusted unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, while the national unemployment rate is .4 percent lower, at 3.7 percent during the same period.
The total employment from all industries in Kern County is up, with December 2017 coming in at 317,700 and Dec. 2018 coming in at 324,400, for a total of 6,700 more workers.
The majority of the rise in workers came from non-farm workers.
Educational and Health Services along with Leisure and Hospitality both were up 2,100 workers in Dec. 2018 compared to Dec. 2017 and government came in second with 1,800 more workers.
Farm jobs gained a total of 1,200 workers in Dec. 2018 compared to Dec. 2017.
The remaining rise in workers in the non-farm workers came from Professional and business services and Trade, Transportation and Utilities.