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California Unemployment Lowest Since Stocks Crashed

CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon
 

CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

There’s a lot of good news in the latest jobs report: In addition to June’s 30-thousand job gain, California’s disappointing May increase of 10,800 jobs was revised up to nearly 16,800.  And California’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent to 8.5 percent.

“It’s moving in the right direction,” says Chapman University Economist Esmael Adibi.  “The unemployment is going down, job creation is picking up steam.  And I believe as we go through the year, we’re gonna see even better numbers.”

It’s also worth looking back to see how far California has come.  The state has added more than 250,000 jobs over the last year, and its unemployment rate has dropped more than two percent.  The last time the jobless rate was this low was when the stock market crashed in Fall 2008.

Still, while California is adding jobs at a faster pace than the nation, its unemployment rate still lags behind by nearly a full percentage point.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio