California unemployment rate drops to 6.9 percent

Mar 6, 2015 11:29 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A state agency says California's unemployment rate dipped to 6.9 percent last month by adding 67,300 new jobs, showing the economy continues to improve at a healthy clip.

The California Employment Development Department reported Friday that the jobless rate fell two tenths of a percentage point from December's rate, which was revised to 7.1 percent.

Construction, professional and business services, educational and health services were among eight categories of winners. Information jobs posted the largest increase over the month, adding 14,000 jobs, while manufacturing lost 4,200 jobs.

The total number of nonfarm jobs was 15.9 million, an increase of 67,300 over December.

EDD says the state has added more than 1.8 million jobs since the economic recovery began in February 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.7 percent.

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