Job recovery lacking in Fresno

Some parts of the country are starting to see the first glimmers of a rebound in hiring -- but not Fresno.

A real jobs recovery won't happen here until well after other parts of the state and country bounce back, experts say. The reason: problems that always have plagued the local economy -- including poverty and a lack of large corporate employers.

A recent nationwide survey by staffing firm Robert Half International found that while 6% of companies plan to cut staff, 10% plan to hire over the next three months for jobs in professional services like sales, information technology and legal work.

Last week, economists cheered news from the Employment Development Department that California employers added 32,500 jobs for the month of January.

It's a much gloomier picture locally. Fresno County's jobless rate jumped to 18.2% in January, up from 16.6% in December as temporary holiday jobs ended

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