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California's Jobless Rate Drops Slightly To 4.9 Percent

 Keith Srakocic / AP

In this Tuesday, July 10, 2012 photo, people walk by the recruiters at a jobs fair in the Pittsburgh suburb of Green Tree, Pa. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in four years, a hopeful sign for

Keith Srakocic / AP

California’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.9 percent in October as employers added nearly 32,000 jobs, according to state figures released today.

The jobless rate had remained flat at 5.1 percent in August and September following a spring and summer of inconsistent job growth, including losses in April, June and August. 

Sectors that added jobs in October include leisure and hospitality, education, health, government and the construction industry.

Meanwhile, the state saw job declines in manufacturing and professional and business services.

In September, the state saw revised gains of more than 50,000 jobs.

Even with the recent gains, California’s unemployment rate remains higher than the nation’s, which dropped a fraction of a point to 4.1 percent last month.

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