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California's unemployment rate drops slightly

The state's jobless rate fell to 12.3% in November, down from October's 12.5%. Still, California cut 10,200 jobs from its payrolls, a month after adding jobs for the first time since April 2008.

December 18, 2009|By Alana Semuels
  • Juan Martinez, 61, who lost his job at a senior assistance center four months ago, in the room he rents in South Los Angeles. "The only thing I want is to have the opportunity for a job so I can live," he said in Spanish.
Juan Martinez, 61, who lost his job at a senior assistance center four months… (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles…)

California's unemployment rate fell in November, another sign that a recovery is underway, even as the state shed jobs from its payrolls.

The state's unemployment rate slid to 12.3%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning, down from 12.5% the month before. It is one of 36 states that saw unemployment rates decline in November.

Still, California shed 10,200 jobs from its payrolls, a month after adding jobs for the first time since April 2008.

The state still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, tied with Nevada and South Carolina at 12.3%. Only Michigan and Rhode Island had higher unemployment rates in November.

California has lost 617,000 jobs since November 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 8.3%.

alana.semuels@latimes.com

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