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CA unemployment in March 2010: up a bit to 12.6%

According to a news release today from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 4,200 during March and the unemployment rate increased slightly from 12.5% to 12.6%. The unemployment rate in March of 2009 was 10.6%.

The U.S. unemployment rate has held constant at 9.7% for the last three months. California has gained jobs in each of the last three months, with jobs over the quarter totalling 32,400 jobs. The number of people unemployed in California was 2,308,000, which was up by 31,000 over the month and up by 362,000 as compared with March of last year.

EDD’s report on payroll employment in the nonfarm industries of California totaled 13,842,000 in March, a net gain of 4,200 jobs since February. In February, as revised, there was a gain of 2,800 jobs.

According to the report:

“Five categories (mining and logging; manufacturing; educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and other services) added jobs over the month, gaining 13,400 jobs. Educational and health services posted the largest increase over the month, adding 6,100 jobs. Five categories (construction; information; financial activities; professional and business services; and government) reported job declines this month, down 9,200 jobs. Information posted the largest decline over the month, down by 2,600 jobs. One sector, trade, transportation and utilities, recorded no change.”

“One industry division, educational and health services, posted job gains over the year, adding 26,400 jobs (a 1.5 percent increase).”

“Ten categories (mining and logging; construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; information; financial activities; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; other services; and government) posted job declines over the year, down 484,800 jobs. Construction employment showed the largest decline on both a numerical and percentage basis, down by 108,300 jobs (a decline of 16.3 percent).”

From March of 2009 to March of 2010, nonfarm payroll employment in California decreased by 458,400 jobs (down 3.2%).

Unemployment in 28 counties of California topped 15%, with Imperial County topping the list with 27.0% unemployment.

TV news said that California tied for third in unemployment rate with Rhode Island, following first-place Michigan and second-place Nevada.

-Bill at

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