California unemployment dropped two-tenths of a percent last month to 9.4 percent, state officials said today.
The Employment Development Department said payrolls grew by 25,500 during March.
The latest monthly report suggested that California's economy is continuing to climb upward, albeit slowly, following the recession. The state is tied with Mississippi for the third highest unemployment rate in the country, trailing Nevada (9.7 percent) and Illinois (9.5 percent), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sacramento's unemployment rate also fell, to 9.2 percent, a drop of three-tenths of a point. The four-county region added 5,000 jobs during the month.
Across Sacramento, government agencies created 2,100 jobs during the month, while the leisure and hospitality industry added 1,000 jobs.
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