With farming operations starting to ramp up for the growing season, so do available jobs.
That’s one of the reasons Glenn County’s unemployment rate saw improvement in April compared to March, according to the most recent figures from the state Employment Development Department.
The county’s unemployment rate was 6.6 percent compared to March’s 8.1 percent.
The local figure still lagged behind the state’s rate (3.9 percent) and the national average (3.3 percent).
Glenn County ranked 44th out of the 58 counties in California.
The biggest contributing factor for the improvement came from the farming industry, which saw an added 170 jobs in April. Other industries that saw growth include mining, logging and construction (40 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (40 jobs); retail trade (20 jobs); transportation, warehousing and utilities (20 jobs); and professional and business services (10 jobs).
Some industries saw a decrease of available jobs. Some of those industries include manufacturing (10 jobs) and financial activities (10 jobs).