The county unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in May, up from 4.8 in April, but nonfarm jobs rose by 9500.
Such seeming aberrations often occur when the school year ends, says Ann Marshall, labor market consultant for the California Employment Development Department. Teachers may be counted as unemployed during the summer months. Students leave school and enter the labor force.
The county gained 9500 jobs from April. Leisure and hospitality rose by 4900 jobs, with 3300 of those in food services and drinking places. Arts, entertainment, and recreation jumped 1300.