California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in October, unchanged from the rate in September, and up 0.2 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in October, unchanged from September, and down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago.
There were 13,857,500 jobs in total nonfarm industries in October, up 39,000 jobs (0.3 percent) from last month. This followed a revised 53,600-job loss in September and 10,700-job gain in August.
Within nonfarm industries, eight sectors saw month-over job gains and three sectors saw month-over job declines. The sectors with increased employment in October were:
Professional and Business Services (14,800)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities (7,600)
Educational and Health Services (5,200)
Leisure and Hospitality (4,400)
Other services (2,100)
Sectors that lost jobs in October in order of job loss magnitude were: Financial activities (4,300); Information (3,000); and Mining and Logging (200).
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in October was 8.0 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in October were: San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Napa, Orange, Inyo, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Sonoma. In all, 24 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in October was 29.3 percent in Imperial County. In total, six counties had rates above 17.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.0 percent in October. View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for October 2010 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
The next monthly data release will be December 17, 2010.
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