Monthly Unemployment Up in Kern County, Yearly Down

Kern County’s unemployment rate increased fractionally to 9.9 percent last month, but is about one percent lower than it was last December.

State labor market consultant Rosendo Flores said the increase is being driven by the end of seasonal farming jobs that will likely return as 2015 progresses.

“There isn’t anything to worry about,” Flores said. “It’s a seasonal trend, and, as we reach the middle months of the year, then we’ll see an increase (in those jobs).”

The figure is being buoyed by several growing sectors.

“There were about four industries that added jobs the entire year – manufacturing, construction, leisure and hospitality and trade transportation and utilities,” Flores said.

The rate was 9.6 percent in November. California’s rate was at 6.7 percent last month.

– Anthony Pollreisz