California Unemployment Rate Declines
New figures out today show California’s unemployment rate continues to decline.
The state’s unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent in May, down from 7.8 percent in April. California added more than 18,000 nonfarm jobs during the same time period. More than 10,000 of those jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality sector. Manufacturing posted the biggest decline in May, down 6,800 jobs compared to April.
Governor Jerry Brown says the falling unemployment rate is proof the state is on the right track.
“The economy is working, California is working. And your state government, by no means perfect, by no means solves all the problems forever, that’s not the way life works,” he says. “Every year we have issues and every year there is something to be done. But today I think we can be very proud of the fact that your government is working.”
California’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in May 2013. The state has added about 340,000 nonfarm jobs in the past year.
The national unemployment rate remained unchanged in May at 6.3 percent.