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CA unemployment down from 12.0% to 11.9% in April

According to California Employment Development Department (EDD) data  from two sources released on May 20, California’s unemployment rate declined to 11.9% in April and payroll jobs increased by 8,900 during the month. Also in April, the U.S. unemployment rate increased to 9.0%.

The unemployment rate in California in March 2011 was 12.0%, and the rate in April 2010 was 12.4% (as adjusted). Nonfarm payroll jobs in California totaled 14,054,900 in April, an increase of 8,900 jobs. From April 2010 to April 2011, there was an increase in 144,400 jobs (up 1.0%).

The number of unemployed people in California in April 2011 was 2,143,000, which was down by 33,000 over the month and down by 111,000 from April 2010.

The EDD report had the following to say about various categories of jobs in April:

“Six categories (mining and logging; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and other services) added jobs over the month, gaining 31,400 jobs. Leisure and hospitality posted the largest increase over the month, adding 12,400 jobs. Five categories (construction; information; financial activities; professional and business services; and government) reported job declines over the month, down 22,500 jobs. Government posted the largest decrease over the month, down 11,200 jobs.”

“Eight industry divisions (mining and logging; construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; information; professional and business services; educational and health services; and leisure and hospitality) posted job gains over the year, adding 210,300 jobs. Professional and business services posted the largest gain on a numerical basis, adding 58,800 jobs (up 2.9 percent). Information posted the largest gain on a percentage basis, up by 7.0 percent (an increase of 29,200 jobs).”

“Three categories (financial activities; other services; and government) posted job declines over the year, down 65,900 jobs. Government posted the largest decline on both a numerical and percentage basis, down by 59,200 jobs (a decrease of 2.4 percent).”

As always, the EDD report included lots of tabular data. California had 22 counties with unemployment rates of 15% or greater, led by Imperial County with 27.9% nonfarm unemployment.

-Bill at

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