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California adds 38,300 jobs in June; unemployment falls to 10.7%

July 20, 2012|By Ricardo Lopez
  • Job seekers arrive at a San Mateo, Calif., job fair Monday. California employers added 38,300 workers in June, bringing the unemployment rate down to 10.7%.
Job seekers arrive at a San Mateo, Calif., job fair Monday. California employers… (Justin Sullivan / Getty…)

California's labor market posted its 11th straight month of job growth in June, with employers adding 38,300 nonfarm jobs last month.

The state posted the largest month-over-month increase in the country, causing the unemployment rate to tick down to 10.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The dip in the jobless rate, however, could be attributed in part to fewer job seekers actively looking for employment. The state's labor force shrunk by 36,800 in June.

Still, California's gains are a marked difference from the national employment report. U.S. employers added 80,000 jobs in June, the third straight month of weak job growth.

In California, several sectors added jobs, with the largest gains in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 9,400 jobs; leisure and hospitality, with 9,200 new jobs; and construction, 8,100 jobs. 

In addition, May's figures were revised upward. The state added 45,900 jobs that month, instead of 33,900 as initially reported.

California's unemployment rate remains the third-highest in the country, behind only Nevada, with 11.6%, and Rhode Island at 10.9%. The national jobless rate is 8.2%.

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