California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in November, unchanged from the rate in October, and up 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in November, up 0.2 percentage point from October, and down 0.2 percentage point from one year ago.
There were 13,863,300 jobs in total nonfarm industries in November, up 1,600 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 42,300-job gain in October and 53,600-job loss in September.
Within nonfarm industries, six sectors saw month-over job gains and five sectors saw month-over job declines. The sectors with increased employment in November were:
Professional and Business Services (3,000)
Educational and Health Services (2,900)
Leisure and Hospitality (500)
Sectors that lost jobs in November in order of job loss magnitude were: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (12,400); Other Services (3,800); Financial Activities (2,900); Manufacturing (1,500); and Mining and Logging (200).
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in November was 8.2 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in November were: San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Orange, San Francisco, Inyo and San Luis Obispo. In all, 18 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in November was 29.1 percent in Imperial County. In total, 12 counties had rates above 17.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.4 percent in November. View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for November 2010 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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