California's Unemployment Rate Remains Flat

California's unemployment rate remained flat in April even as the state continued adding jobs.   According to state Employment Development Department figures released on Friday, the unemployment rate in the Golden State again came in at 4.3 percent, while Amador and Calaveras Counties have bucked that trend.  The unemployment rates in Amador County dropped over a percentage point from 4.9 in March to 3.8 percent in April.  Calaveras County also saw a drop in unemployment from 4.8 percent in March to 3.8 percent in April.  Nine of California’s eleven industry sectors added a total of 46,800 jobs in April.  Educational and health services reported the largest increase with a gain of 17,300 jobs followed by leisure and hospitality which had a gain of 12,100 jobs.  The Information sector reported the largest decrease in jobs with a loss of 600 jobs while mining and logging had a loss of 200 jobs.Since the economic expansion in February of 2010, the state has now gained a total of 3,163,900 jobs. California's jobless rate remained above the national unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.                             

Written by KVGC Staff


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