California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.9 percent in April, down 0.1 percentage point from the rate in March, and down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in April, up 0.2 percentage point from March, and down 0.8 percentage point from one year ago.
In California there were 14,054,900 jobs in total nonfarm industries in April, an increase of 8,900 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 14,900-job loss in March and 84,600-job gain in February.
Within nonfarm industries, 6 sectors saw month-over job gains and 5 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in April were:
Leisure and hospitality (12,400)
Trade, transportation and utilities (7,800)
Educational and health services (5,600)
Other services (1,600)
Mining and logging (200)
Sectors that lost jobs in April were:
Professional and business services (5,500)
Financial activities (1,600)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in April was 7.6 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in April were: Mono, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Orange, San Luis Obispo, Napa, Ventura, San Diego, Sonoma, Inyo, and Santa Clara. In all, 21 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in April was 27.9 percent in Imperial County. In total, three counties had rates above 20.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 11.7 percent in April.
View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for April 2011 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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