Monday, June 21, 2010

California unemployment falls to 12.4 percent

Here in California the unemployment rate is falling, but not making much of a difference. It fell to 12.4 percent in California last month and the state had its fifth straight month of job growth, but the numbers are still very weak, according to the California Employment Development Department. The statewide unemployment rate fell only a tenth of a point, from 12.5 percent in May, while 28,300 jobs were added. However, most of the jobs were temporary government jobs, probably those from the Census.

In May, California still had the third highest unemployment rate in the U.S., trailing Nevada (14 percent) and Michigan (13.6 percent). May marked the first time since April 2006 that a state other than Michigan had the worst unemployment in the nation.

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