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Unemployment Rates Across The Valley Go Down

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Local job numbers{}for{}August were released Friday,{}and the news is good.

Unemployment rates across the Valley are down, with the lowest unemployment rate found in Madera County at 15.3%.

Here's a look at where the counties stand on unemployment:

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} August:{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} July:

Fresno County:{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 15.4%{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 16.2%Madera County:{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 14.3%{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 15.3%Tulare County:{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}15.9%{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}16.9% Merced County:{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 17.4%{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18.9%Kings County:{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 14.8%{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 15.9%

Fields{}which grew in the month of August include Farm employment, Manufacturing, Trade, Transportation and Utilities.

While the news is good in comparison with the rates from July, valley job rates{}continue to remain{}higher than the state and national average.

California's unemployment rate went up slightly from 12.3% in July to 12.4% in August. The National Unemployment rate stands at 9.6%.

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