California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July, unchanged from June, and down 1.6 percentage points from 1 year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, up 0.1 percentage point from June, and down 1.1 percentage points from 1 year ago.
In California there were 15,492,500 jobs in total nonfarm industries in July, a gain of 27,700 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 16,200-job gain in June and an 18,900-job gain in May.
Within nonfarm industries, 8 sectors saw month-over job gains and 3 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in July were:
Educational and health services (10,900)
Professional and business services (8,200)
Leisure and hospitality (6,400)
Trade, transportation and utilities (600)
Other services (500)
Mining and logging (100)
Sectors that lost jobs in July were:
Financial activities (2,400)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in July was 4.4 percent in Marin. Six other counties had rates below 6.0 percent in July: San Mateo (4.7 percent); San Francisco (4.9 percent); Napa (5.1 percent); Orange (5.7 percent); Sonoma (5.8 percent); and Santa Clara (5.9 percent). The highest unemployment rate in July was 24.7 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 7.8 percent in July.
View the unemployment rates by county for July 2014 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
The next monthly data release will be September 19, 2014..
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