California's labor market picked up last month, according to figures released Friday, as the state's unemployment rate fell to 9.6% and employers added 41,200 jobs.
Gains were mostly notched in the leisure and hospitality and government sectors, according to the data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. January's unemployment rate was 9.8%.
California is now tied with Nevada and Mississippi for the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
The survey of the Golden State's employers showed that the leisure and hospitality sector added 15,700 jobs, followed by the government sector, which expanded by 11,200 jobs.
Professional and business services gained 9,400 jobs. Construction, continuing to benefit from demand in residential housing, added 5,700 jobs.
Three sectors showed losses. The combined trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 7,000 jobs. Education and health services shed 3,400 jobs. Manufacturing lost 3,300 jobs.