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California gains jobs, led by trade and tourism

The state's 2% job market growth outpaces the national rate, with improvement in tech firms, tourism and even the battered construction industry.

July 21, 2012|By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times

Though the rise in new jobs helped push down the unemployment rate, economist Adibi said the dip in the rate also could be attributed to discouraged workers leaving the labor force or moving out of state. The number of workers in California's labor force fell by 36,800 in June from May.

"It is surprising to see a significant drop in the labor force," he said. "That's not healthy. You don't want to lose workers."

Across Southern California, all the counties but one posted job gains.

Los Angeles County added 13,300 jobs; Orange County, 8,700; San Diego County, 13,400. In the Inland Empire, where San Bernardino has declared a fiscal crisis that is leading to bankruptcy, the combined counties of Riverside and San Bernardino added 200 jobs. Ventura County lost 800 jobs.

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

ricardo.lopez2@latimes.com

Times staff writer Ryan Faughnder contributed to this report.

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