California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.7 percent in May, down 0.1 percentage point from the rate in April, and down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May, up 0.1 percentage point from April, and down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago.
In California there were 14,031,700 jobs in total nonfarm industries in May, a decrease of 29,200 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 14,900-job gain in April and 14,900-job loss in March.
Within nonfarm industries, two sectors saw month-over job gains, eight sectors saw a month-over job decline, and one sector was unchanged. The sectors with increased employment in May were:
Financial activities (3,200)
Sectors that lost jobs in May were:
Professional and business services (16,300)
Other services (4,000)
Trade, transportation and utilities (3,600)
Leisure and hospitality (1,700)
Educational and health services (1,400)
Mining and logging payrolls did not change between April and May.
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in May was 7.4 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in May were: San Mateo, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Orange, Napa, San Luis Obispo, Sonoma, Ventura, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Inyo. In all, 25 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in May was 27.7 percent in Imperial County. In total, two counties had rates above 20.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 11.4 percent in May.
View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for May 2011 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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