The unemployment rate in the San Luis Obispo County was 6.1 percent in March 2014, down from a revised 6.2 percent in February 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 6.8 percent.
This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.4 percent for California and 6.8 percent for the nation during the same period.
The 6.1 % is the lowest March number since before the recession in 2008.The number is lowest rate after December 2013 when the county recorded a 5.8% rate.
The March rate shows 1900 more non-farm jobs than a year ago but 400 fewer farm jobs, perhaps drought related.
State of California figures for wine grapes in 2013 shows non-bearing acreage recently planted was highest in the state on the Central Coast led by Monterey County with 3120 acres and closely followed by San Luis Obispo with 2919 acres planted but not yet fruiting. Santa Barbara added 1080 acres.Napa only added 553 acres. SLO’s overall acreage is now 33,142 acres.