California jobless rate drops to 6.2 percent in July

Aug 21, 2015 1:33 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July, down slightly from 6.3 percent in June.

The state Employment Development Department reports Friday that the state added 80,600 nonfarm payroll jobs in July.

Unemployment is now the lowest it's been since February 2008. A year ago, California's jobless rate was 7.4 percent.

Professional and business services continue to lead the growth, adding the most jobs last month.

The numbers are based on federal and state surveys of employers and households, but don't take into account people who have stopped looking for work.

California's unemployment rate remains higher than the national average. U.S. unemployment remained at 5.3 percent in June and July, the lowest it's been since April 2008.

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