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Huge Month For California On The Jobs Front

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Usually, economists hedge their words when you ask them about job reports. This time?

“This is a fantastic report,” says Chapman University economist Esmael Adibi. “Not only the numbers, but it’s very broad-based. When you look at the large categories of employment, almost every category is positive year-over-year.”

The long-struggling construction industry led the way, with a six percent gain. The key “professional and business services” sector was up five percent.

California’s 90,100 job gain in November is the largest since October of 2012, and the second-largest since the state started keeping track in 1990.

And, because civilian employment grew faster than the labor force, the state’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 7.2 percent.

Locally, the Sacramento area added 5,500 jobs in November and the
four-county region's unemployment rate now stands at 6.7 percent. That's
down from 7.9 percent for the same month last year.

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 

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