December 2018 Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in Ventura County was 3.8 percent in December 2018, up from a revised 3.7 percent in November 2018, and below the year-ago estimate of 4.0 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for California and 3.7 percent for the nation during the same period. Source: labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov
Key Sector Highlights
On a national level total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 312,000 in December. Job gains occurred in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, manufacturing, and retail trade. Payroll employment rose by 2.6 million in 2018, compared with a gain of 2.2 million in 2017. Source: Department of Labor
Conference Board - Help Wanted Online Data
Experimental Help Wanted OnLineĀ® (HWOL) Index: United States, seasonally adjusted, December 2018 (July 2018=100). The Index now stands at 111.61 (July 2018=100), up from 110.23 in November. Source: Conference-Board.org
Relevant News
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