California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0 percent in March, down 0.1 percentage point from the rate in February, and down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in March, down 0.1 percentage point from February, and down 0.9 percentage point from one year ago.
There were 14,049,300 jobs in total nonfarm industries in March, down 11,600 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 84,600-job gain in February and 17,600-job gain in January.
Within nonfarm industries, 4 sectors saw month-over job gains and 7 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in March were:
Education and health services (5,100)
Professional and business services (1,200)
Sectors that lost jobs in March were:
Other services (6,900)
Trade, transportation and utilities (4,400)
Leisure and hospitality (2,500)
Financial activities (1,400)
Mining and logging (100)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in March was 8.0 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in March were: Mono, San Mateo, Orange, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. In all, 17 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in March was 26.7 percent in Colusa County. In total, seven counties had rates above 20.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.3 percent in March.
View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for March 2011 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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