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Another Strong Jobs Report For California

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The healthy economic recovery in California doesn't appear to be slowing down.

Friday's newly-released data show California added about 30,000 jobs in April – about 10,000 less than March but still respectable. And the state’s unemployment rate dropped another two-tenths of a percent, to 6.3 percent.

“Overall, I would say the economy is firing on all cylinders,” says Chapman University economist Esmael Adibi.

The California job market is growing at a much faster pace than the nation as a whole. The state added 20 percent of all American jobs in April, despite representing only about 13 percent of the national economy.

“And more importantly,“ Adibi says, “is it is a very broad-based, healthy job creation” because every major sector of California’s economy is showing growth.

That includes industries that have struggled in recent years, like manufacturing and construction.

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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