Unemployment has hit a new low in Shasta County and statewide. The jobless rate for September was 3.5%, which is the lowest ever recorded in Shasta County for any month. That’s a big drop from the 4.4% in August. The labor force increased by a couple of hundred to 74,200. The Employment Development Department does not gather data on how many of those jobs are part-time or other factors that would define the quality of the jobs, but EDD Research Data Specialist Sheila Stock says a lot of good paying jobs have been appearing in Shasta County. The unemployment rate in Tehama County was 4.2% last month. It was 3.7% in Trinity County and 4.3% in Siskiyou County. California also fell to a new record low of 4% in September, extending California’s record job expansion to 115 months. California has gained 3,348,900 jobs since the expansion began in February 2010. The national rate is 3.3%.