California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.1 percent in October, down 0.1 percentage point from September, and down 1.4 percentage points from 1 year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in October, up 0.1 percentage point from September, and down 1.0 percentage point from 1 year ago.
In California there were 14,417,200 jobs in total nonfarm industries in October, a gain of 45,800 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 32,000 job gain in September and a 5,100 job gain in August.
Within nonfarm industries, 7 sectors saw month-over job gains; 4 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in October were:
Trade, transportation, and utilities (24,700)
Educational and health services (11,400)
Professional and business services (9,000)
Other services (4,000)
Leisure and hospitality (3,600)
Sectors that lost jobs in October were:
Financial activities (1,600)
Mining and logging (500)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in October was 5.8 percent in Marin. Three other counties had rates below 7.0 percent in October: San Mateo (6.3 percent); San Francisco (6.8 percent) and Napa (6.9 percent). The highest unemployment rate in October was 28.1 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 9.8 percent in October.
View the unemployment rates by county for October 2012 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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