California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0 percent in July, up 0.2 percentage point from the rate in June, and down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in July, down 0.1 percentage point from June, and down 0.4 percentage point from 1 year ago.
In California there were 14,074,700 jobs in total nonfarm industries in July, an increase of 4,500 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 30,400-job gain in June and 21,100-job loss in May.
Within nonfarm industries, 8 sectors saw month-over job gains; 3 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in July were:
Educational and health services (4,200)
Other services (1,500)
Leisure and hospitality (1,000)
Professional and business services (700)
Mining and logging (400)
Sectors that lost jobs in July were:
Financial activities (1,900)
Trade, transportation and utilities (400)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in July was 8.1 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in July were: San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Napa, and Orange. In all, 23 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in July was 30.8 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.4 percent in July.
View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for July 2011 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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