California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.9 percent in February, unchanged from the rate in January, and down 1.1 percentage points from 1 year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in February, unchanged from January, and down 0.7 percentage point from 1 year ago.
In California there were 14,184,500 jobs in total nonfarm industries in February, a gain of 4,000 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 1,500 job gain in January and a 38,500 job increase in December.
Within nonfarm industries, 4 sectors saw month-over job gains; 6 sectors saw a month-over job decline. Leisure and hospitality experienced no over the month change in jobs. The sectors with increased employment in February were:
Educational and health services (6,100)
Professional and business services (2,800)
Sectors that lost jobs in February were:
Trade, transportation, and utilities (5,800)
Other services (2,300)
Financial activities (600)
Mining and logging (500)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in February was 6.6 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 9.0 percent in February were: San Mateo (7.3 percent); Orange (8.0 percent); San Francisco (8.0 percent); San Luis Obispo (8.7 percent); Santa Clara (8.8 percent); Mono (8.9 percent); Napa (8.9 percent); and Santa Barbara (8.9 percent). The highest unemployment rate in February was 27.1 percent in Colusa County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 11.4 percent in February.
View the unemployment rates by county for February 2012 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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