California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.2 percent in February, down 0.2 percentage point from the rate in January, and down 0.2 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in February, down 0.1 percentage point from January, and down 0.8 percentage point from one year ago.
There were 14,055,900 jobs in total nonfarm industries in February, up 96,500 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 700-job gain in January and 21,700-job gain in December.
Within nonfarm industries, 10 sectors saw month-over job gains and one sector saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in February were:
Professional and business services (39,700)
Trade, transportation, and utilities (9,100)
Leisure and hospitality (5,900)
Other services (3,800)
Financial activities (2,500)
Education and health services (2,000)
Mining and logging (100)
The only sector to record a job loss in February was government (1,200).
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in February was 7.8 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in February were: Mono, San Mateo, Orange, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. In all, 18 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in February was 27.1 percent in Colusa County. In total, eight counties had rates above 20.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.3 percent in February.
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