California unemployment rate falls to 9 percent

May 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
California's unemployment rate decreased by 9 percent in April, adding more than 10k non-farm jobs.

According to a California Employment Development Department (EDD) report, non-farm California jobs totaled 14,602,200 in April, which is an increase of 10,400 jobs since March 2013, and 443,000 jobs over April 2012.

At the same time, the number of unemployed in California fell by 76,000 in the last month to 1,673,000 -- down by 303,000 when compared with April 2012.

According to the report, seven categories -- construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; financial activities; educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and other services -- added jobs over the month, gaining 23,300 jobs. Construction posted the largest increase over the month, adding 7,400 jobs.

The report said three categories -- mining and logging; manufacturing; and government -- posted job declines over the year, down 14,400 jobs. Manufacturing posted the largest declines on a numerical basis, down by 10,500 jobs -- a 0.8 percent decrease.

Here are the April 2013 unemployment rates by county (not seasonally adjusted):

Fresno County 13.4%

Kings County 13.8%

Madera County 12.4%

Mariposa County 9.3%

Merced County 15.5%

Tulare County 13.7%

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Read the full EDD Report here (PDF)

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