Jobs since COVID-19 low point

For the month of August, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported slight improvement in the unemployment rate for the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), dropping to 7.6 percent, from the 7.9 percent reported for July.

According to a report released by the EDD on Sept. 17, the month of August saw nonfarm employment within San Bernardino and Riverside counties increase by 5,500 jobs to 1,524,800. This is also 65,700 more jobs than reported this time last year.

Between July 2021 and August 2021, total nonfarm employment increased from 1,519,300 to 1,524,800. Agricultural employment decreased by 3,700 jobs.

• Government (up 4,300) recorded the largest payroll increase over the month. Local government (up

5,000) accounted for all the job gain, whereas state government (down 600) and federal government (down 100) reported a job loss. Within local government, local government educational services (up 4,900) accounted for 98 percent of the employment gain.

• Trade, transportation, and utilities (up 1,500) registered a payroll increase over the month. All the job gain was reported in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (up 1,500). Within transportation, warehousing, and utilities, transportation and warehousing (up 1,600) recorded all the job gain. Utilities (down 100) posted a job loss.

• Additional employment gains were noted in the following sectors: professional and business services (up 800), other services (up 300), financial activities (up 200), and manufacturing (up 200).

• Leisure and hospitality and mining and logging did not change over the month. Employment losses were recorded in the following sectors: construction (down 1,200), educational and health services (down 400), and information (down 200).

Between August 2020 and August 2021, total nonfarm employment increased by 65,700 (up 4.5 percent). Agricultural employment decreased by 1,400 (down 11.5 percent).

• Trade, transportation, and utilities led the year-over increase, adding 25,400 jobs. The payroll increase was noted in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (up 15,200), retail trade (up 7,600), and wholesale trade (up 2,600).

• Leisure and hospitality advanced payrolls by 20,100 over the year. Within leisure and hospitality, accommodation and food services (up 18,800) accounted for most of the job gain. Arts, entertainment and recreation (up 1,300) reported the remaining job gain.

• Additional year-over employment gains occurred in the following sectors: educational and health services (up 13,900), professional and business services (up 7,700), other services (up 5,000), construction (up 2,300) and information (up 400).

• Mining and logging remained unchanged over the year, but the following sectors logged employment losses: government (down 6,800), manufacturing (down 1,300), and financial activities (down 1,000).

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