Tehama County unemployment lowest in six years


RED BLUFF, Calif. - For the first time in six years Tehama County's unemployment numbers are in the single digits.

The unemployment rate for the county came in at 9.1 percent on June 20. Just four years ago it was more than 17 percent at one point.

The unemployment rate in Tehama County is still higher than the state of California as a whole which is 7.1 percent but the chief executive officer at the Job Training Center in Tehama County, Kathy Sarmiento, said smaller counties usually have higher unemployment numbers.

On Monday people at the Job Training Center in Red Bluff were celebrating. It was the Center's 25-year anniversary. The center celebrated with ice cream for job seekers and the downtown public.

The center, which is federally funded, helps people look for jobs, and perfect their resumes among other services.

On the heels of those new unemployment numbers being released Sarmiento said many jobs seem to be popping up lately.

"The economy is starting to turn around and we're seeing that here in the numbers of employers who are calling us to ask for help in hiring. Last week alone we had 30 new job orders for Tehama County. Mostly, there's some in agriculture, some in tourism and hospitality, a lot of restaurants but a lot of them are in skilled trades and building related occupations," Sarmiento explained.

With the drought she said the center is also getting a lot of requests for help drilling wells. She also said a lot of the jobs in Tehama County are seasonal, October usually has the highest employment rate and March has the lowest.

The services at the Job Center are free.

They are located at 718 Main Street in Red Bluff.