California unemployment rate dips to 6.7 percent in February

Mar 20, 2015 12:32 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A state agency says California's unemployment rate has fallen again, this time to 6.7 percent in February.

The Employment Development Department reported Friday that California added 29,400 jobs in February for a total gain of 1.8 million positions since the economic recovery began in February 2010.

The last time the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent was June 2008.

Eight categories added jobs in February, with leisure and hospitality posting the largest increase over the month, adding 12,600 jobs.

The overall number of people who are unemployed also fell by 42,000 and is now less than 1.3 million. January's unemployment rate was revised to 7 percent.

The national unemployment rate also decreased last month to 5.5 percent.

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