Where the jobs are

With the national unemployment rate at a decade-high 6.4 percent, we thought we’d look up how Butte County is doing. Out of 52 counties in California, Butte, with an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, ranks 31st on the Employment Development Department database. Below is a partial breakdown of county employment by industry.

Total labor force 93,800

Total employed 86,900

Government 17,500

Education and health services 11,900

Retail 10,500

Leisure and hospitality 7,300

Professional and business services 6,600

Financial activities (includes real estate) 4,100

Manufacturing 3,700

Other services 3,700

Farm 2,500

Information 1,300