San Luis Obispo County’s 5.2 percent jobless rate in April is the lowest unemployment rate for the county since May 2008. This puts San Luis Obispo County as sixth best among California's 58 counties, with Marin County as the lowest at 3.9 percent and Imperial County as the highest with 21.6 percent.
San Luis Obispo County's rate was also below the unadjusted April unemployment rates of 7.3 percent for California and 5.9 percent for the nation. Last month, 133,400 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County out of a total civilian labor force of 140,700. Most of the job growth in the county was due to an increase in government jobs, with 900 government jobs added in April.