Jun 19, 2015 1:11 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's Employment Development Department reports the state's unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 6.4 percent. It's the first such bump in nearly five years.
The rate rose from 6.3 percent in April, but the agency says strong job growth continued in May.
California still has higher unemployment than the national rate. That also increased slightly in May, to 5.5 percent.
The state says more than 54,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were created in May, following a revised gain of about 17,000 jobs in April. But more people came into the labor market searching for jobs, causing those increases.
Professional and business services saw the largest job growth, while the information sector had the biggest loss.
More than 1.2 million people remain unemployed in the state.
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