California unemployment rate dips to 5.5 percent

Mar 18, 2016 8:09 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February, continuing a slight downward trend but remaining higher than the nation's jobless rate as a whole.

A business survey cited by the state Employment Development Department says the state added 39,900 nonfarm payroll jobs.

Just over 1 million Californians were unemployed, a decrease of 36,000 over the month and a dip of nearly 207,000 compared with February of last year.

The unemployment rate generally has been falling for months except for a slight increase in December to 5.8 percent.

February's unemployment figure of 5.5 percent was still higher than the U.S. rate of 4.9 percent, which was unchanged from January.

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