California Adds 82,600 Jobs in July While Unemployment Rate Increases to 4.8 Percent

SACRAMENTO – California’s employers added 82,600 nonfarm payroll jobs in July, while the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. California has now gained a total of 2,597,500 jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in July to 4.3 percent, with employers nationwide adding 209,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.

In June, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, and in July 2016, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,100 California households.

Nonfarm payroll jobs in California totaled 16,784,100 in July, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 71,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over change, July 2016 to July 2017, shows an increase of 276,300 jobs (up 1.7 percent).

The federal household survey, done with a smaller sample than the survey of employers, shows a decrease in the number of employed Californians over the month but an increase over the year. It estimates the number of Californians holding jobs in July was 18,212,000, a decrease of 25,000 from June, but up 140,000 from the employment total in July of last year.

The number of unemployed Californians was 925,000 in July – up by 24,000 over the month, but down by 114,000 compared with July of last year.


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