Richmond’s unemployment rate in November 2017 dropped to 3.6-percent, “the lowest on record and possibly the lowest in history,” according to Richmond Mayor Tom Butt.
The California Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Division released the latest monthly figures on Friday. Of Richmond’s estimated labor force of 54,000 workers, roughly 1,900 were unemployed, according to the data.
The numbers are a far cry from 2011, when the city suffered through the recession and peaked at 18.5-percent unemployment, the mayor said.
The data mirrors a statewide trend, as California’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in November, which the state Employment Development Department said is the lowest recorded number dating back to 1976.
That’s after nine of the state’s 11 industry sectors added 55,600 jobs in November, with education and health services posting the largest job increase, a gain of 16,700 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality, up by 15,400 jobs, and professional and business services, up 13,700 jobs.
Construction, financial activities, manufacturing, other services, government, and mining and logging also added jobs last month.
Two industries in the state suffered month-over job losses, with a total of 8,200 fewer jobs. Information was down by 4,200 jobs followed by trade, transportation and utilities.
The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent.
Contra Costa County overall has boasted low numbers at 3.1 percent, with San Pablo at 4.8 percent, El Cerrito at 2.7 percent, Pinole at 2.6 percent, East Richmond Heights at 1.6 percent, Pinole at 2.0 percent and El Sobrante at 3.6 percent.
County numbers, along with the methodology behind the monthly report, follow. For information on the methodology used to compile the monthly report, go here.